Advent Devotional, Dec. 19, by Barry Salisbury

Luke 13:31-32 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

At that very hour some Pharisees came, and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”  And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.”  

During advent, sometimes we get so focused on Jesus coming to earth as a baby, we forget to remember “the rest of the story.”  For, as this scripture clearly states, from the moment Jesus was born, He was sent with a purpose….. of spreading light in a dark world. He was surrounded by “foxes” who chose to attack rather than believe him.  Yet he was never deterred by them; nor should we be.

God also sent each of us with a purpose…to spread His light in a dark world.  There is no better time than Advent to do just that.

Mother Teresa said it well when she said:  There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.

May we be the “ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”

Dear God,

Please help us this Advent to hear you amid all the noise.  Don’t let us get deterred by the foxes. Help us to answer your call in extraordinary ways, so we can spread your light to brighten this world. Amen.



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