Saint Mark Daily Advent Devotional – December 11, 2014

by Alice Richardson

Scripture: Psalm 18:1-20

The theme for this year’s devotional guide is “My Soul Magnifies the Lord.”  Is there another day of the year where our emotions run so high?  I don’t tear up often but during the Christmas season it seems that I am a blubbering fool.  The lights, music, traditions and family gatherings get me every single time.

I have these emotions because I grew up in a home where it was simply the best day of the year. I confess to still believing in the spirit of Santa.  As children, it’s all about the presents and what we receive.  As adults, we become the “givers” and the word “presents” changes to “presence” – His presence within us.  It is really not hard to magnify the Lord during Advent.

If you are a Christian, how can it be?  The entire season is raw emotion, even with everything going at warp speed.  The tricky part is showing that light to others, not because it makes us feel good and righteous but because we are so very blessed that it simply shines through.  There are many among us who are not so blessed, who do not share our emotion, or their emotion is one of darkness and dread of this day.  They need our light, our smile, our presents – and our presence.

Prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for the greatest gift of all, your Son, Jesus Christ.  As we celebrate this Advent season, help us look beyond ourselves and share the spirit that radiates within us this time of year. Amen

Saint Mark United Methodist Church


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