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December 3 Advent Devotional

December 3, 2019

Scripture: Ephesians 5:12-14, NRSV 

1For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; 13 but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14 for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Sleeper, awake!
    Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

We commonly use “water” and “cleanse” in the same sentence, and while this is certainly appropriate, what if we additionally considered light as cleansing?

Our church does a wonderful job of reminding us we are children of God, but what if we also said we are children of light? A light to illuminate our paths? Expose our flaws? Remind us we’re not alone in the dark? What if we remembered the light that emerged from the darkness after 3 days? The light that leads us out of the wilderness?

You know that house in your neighborhood that’s known for the best lights this time of year? We call the one in my neighborhood the “Snoopy house” due to the lit Snoopy that sits next to the front door. Our boys ask Elizabeth and me to drive out of our way just to see it! We love it, too, but how easy it is to get excited about something as simple as a decorative light while forgetting the one that has come before us and shines all year.

Thanks be to God for the light that endures. May we be mindful of this light throughout this Advent season and beyond.

Prayer: Dear God, your Word is a lamp to our feet and light to our path. Thank you. Grant us the faith, courage, and diligence to let this light into our lives every day. 

Submitted by: Ed Black

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