Advent Devotional ~ Dec. 1 by Cathy Watkins

2 Samuel 7:18-29
Revelation 22:12-16

David boldly held God to the promise God made for a Davidic king to reign forever. He praised God for all that was and would be done to save the chosen people Israel.  Counting God trustworthy, David thanked God for the continued blessing that would come as the house of David reigned forever. We see that promise fulfilled in the birth of Jesus the child lying in the manger.  God has remained faithful and given us new life and life forever in the kingdom of God.

God has sent the incredible gift of his son Jesus not because we are in any way worthy of great gifts, but because God is a great Giver. We receive the greatest gift, salvation, through the birth of Jesus Christ with an attitude of gratitude.  This season, come afresh to the manger with heart and eyes open to the wonder of the everlasting life we have together with God the Father and Jesus the Son.

Prayer: God, thank you for the gift of your Son whom we celebrate this Christmas season. Empower us to accept the gift and share him with others. Amen.

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