For the last few years, our campus pastor has invited members of the College community to write devotionals for Advent. It’s something I’ve enjoyed helping to do, and as I have in years past, I’ll share the ones I’ve written with you. I have two of them this season; here’s the first one.
Advent Devotional: 2 Dec 13
King James Version (KJV)
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
It’s easy to lose track of time – this devotional proves it, as I’m writing it after what was supposed to be the deadline. But as we all know, it’s so easy to get caught up in the rest of our lives that we forget how quickly things can slip by us and then we aren’t ready to do what we need to do, whether that’s writing devotions or getting the shopping done.
But what about the coming of the Lord? As the saying goes, that’s kind of a big deal, right? We have an entire season of the Church devoted to it. Surely we won’t forget about that. But of course, between the end of the semester, the anticipation of seeing family and friends, cooking, eating, and shopping, we can all too easily lose sight of the big idea, the reason all this is happening to begin with. And it was easy to miss the first time as well – who would have thought to look in a Bethlehem manger for the King of the Universe?
In our Gospel passage, Jesus reminds us to keep our eyes on the ball. Don’t get misdirected. Something wonderful is about to happen – perhaps in what might be the least likely place. You don’t want to miss it.
Heavenly Father, thank You for this opportunity to greet Your arrival. Help us to make ourselves ready, and give us the strength and wisdom we need to stay that way. In the name of Your Son, Amen.