Saint Mark Daily Advent Devotional – December 6, 2014

by Bob Brown

Scripture: Amos 5:18-27

In this passage, the Israelites are looking forward to the day when the Lord will return because they believe that, as the “chosen ones,” they will finally be put at the head of the line.  They will have all that they ever dreamed of with the Lord as their benefactor.  However, the prophet Amos is tapping them on the shoulder and saying to be careful of what you wish for as the Lord will come and sit in judgment of their wrongdoings.

One of my favorite holiday stories is The Christmas Carole by Charles Dickens.  I can see a kind of parallel with the central characters: Ebenezer Scrooge, a squeezing, wrenching, covetous, old sinner; Jacob Marley, his deceased partner who is doomed to walk the earth with no rest or peace; and Bob Cratchit, clerk to Ebenezer, who sees the good in everyone he meets even while struggling to feed and care for the family he loves.   At the end of the story, Scrooge does turn around to see the errors of his ways, but only after it is spelled out for him.

The error of our ways, spelled out for us – the Bible.    When the book of your life is read, which character will you mostly likely be associated with?

Prayer: My Father, as always, I seek your guidance in my everyday dealings.  There are so many demands and, at times, I get my priorities confused.  Please continue to be my everyday partner and adviser so that the pages in my book of life will be pleasing to you. Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church


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