Advent Devotional ~ Dec. 14, by Dave and Ginny Frederick

Hebrews 13:7-17

How many times have we been talking with someone and a phrase such as “Back in my day…” or “When I was your age…” come up in the conversation?

Whether it’s “Cars never used to last past 100,000 miles,” or “Avocado green is the only color for decorating your kitchen,” we’ve all heard of anecdotes like these. But it reaffirms a simple reality… things change.

While the ways in which we celebrate the Christmas season might differ from our ancestors, thankfully verse 8 reminds us that Christ Jesus we celebrate is, “…The same yesterday and today and forever.”

As we prepare to kneel before the manager, think about the migrant, pregnant teenager who was forced to make use of a feeding trough instead of a crib. From his first moments on earth, all the way through the pain of the cross, this was the kind of person who Jesus reached out to. He sought them out, showed compassion, and gave them hope for a brighter future.

Throughout his life, and still today, Jesus has been the ultimate gesture of God’s overwhelming grace. For those places in our lives that aren’t Pinterest or Facebook-worthy, or ones we share only with our closest friends or family, Jesus is the one constant that remains the same. One mistake, or a million mistakes, won’t drive him away or keep him from wanting to walk right beside us.

So while we sometimes wonder how something good and holy can come from such bad circumstances, remember that is exactly what Jesus was born into. His time on earth was full of trials and tribulations, yet his faith never wavered and his desire to help his fellow man never waned.

That is the unchanging gift that has been given to us.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, as we continue on in this Advent season, we pray that you bring us the peace of knowing that through the gift of your son, we one day, will be enjoying the bounties of your Kingdom. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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