Saint Mark Daily Advent Devotional – December 4, 2014

by Cheryl Crook Thompson

Scripture: Amos 4:6-13

Hard-headed. That word describes me well, especially when, as a child (and sometimes as an adult), someone else other than me was right. I hate that, but I can certainly identify with the children of Israel. They were a bit hard-headed, too, and God sent the prophet Amos to holler, “Hey! Y’all need to pay attention! God is here!”

Those Old Testament prophets aren’t around anymore, so what does God have to do to get YOUR attention? What circumstances do you face that remind you that God is here? Maybe it’s a family crisis, a medical issue, or just something extraordinary.

It doesn’t always have to be bad, either. Sometimes we do remember our manners and say “thank you” to God when we get an unexpected raise, news of a new baby, or maybe avoid a car collision. But God wants more than just the “Hey, thanks!” or “I need help!” prayers. God wants to be in a relationship with us ALL the time, not just on special occasions or when we need something. Just like with our friends, the more time we spend cultivating that relationship, the stronger it is. When we do have the inevitable bad times in our life, I think we hear and understand God better.

As you go through this Advent season, think of ways you can bond with God. After all, God is sending you the greatest gift of all. “Would it hurt to spend a little time with God? After all, God sent you a really nice gift!”

Prayer: God help us to pay attention to you and spend time with you in the midst of this busy advent season. Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church


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