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Advent Wednesday Word

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This week’s devotion are Christmas prayer reflections from our Advent study entitled, ‘Sent.’

“So the Word became human and made his home among us.  He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.  And we have seen his glory, the glory of God’s one and only Son.” –John 1:14 (NLT)

The writer of the Gospel of John tells us that Jesus is full of grace.  Grace is God’s unconditional love for us.  It’s the reality that there is nothing we can do that will make God love us more or love us less.  God’s grace will pursue us from the womb to the tomb.  It is grace that draws us into a relationship with God through Christ Jesus.  It is grace that miraculously saves us.  It is grace that keeps us in relationship with God and it is grace that will usher us into the fullness of God’s presence for eternity.

Imagine a newborn child in contrast to the culture of our planet, where power, prominence, prestige, and profits prevail.  In contrast to all the things of the world, we hold the simple, tender message of Jesus’ birth and we declare it to the world.  Consider how we might be messengers of the good news, even as a baby brought good new on the first Christmas.

Just as God sent Jesus, God sends us with truth and grace to be the hands and feet of Christ to deliver the gift of hope to a world in need.  Our prayer is that this will be the year when Jesus the Christ changes everything for us and for the world.  Amen.

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