Now is the time to prepare for the Coming of the Messiah this Advent Season. Meet us here each day of Advent where we will be posting a blog written by members of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, representing an intergenerational sampling of contributors as they reflect on the scripture selections from the Daily Lectionary Advent readings from the Book of Common Worship. If you would like to download a copy of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem Advent Devotional, CLICK HERE.
LECTIONARY READING: Amos 1:1–5, 1:13–2:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11, Luke 21:5–19
1 Thessalonians 5:5 reminds us that we are all children of the light and children of the day. As we begin this season of Advent, we can take solace in knowing that scripture speaks directly to us. Jesus brought light into this world, and as his followers, we too bring light with us everywhere we go.
Christmas is a season of light—we light candles in windows to usher in the Christ Child; we put lights on our trees and we enjoy roaring fires on cold December nights. All of these things are not only pretty ways to decorate, but they can also be reminders during bleak winter nights of the light that is inside of us and that is promised to us as we anticipate the birth of our Savior Jesus.
During this Advent Season we not only wait with joy to celebrate Jesus’ birth, we also find ourselves in a place of waiting for his return. Even though as we wait we’ll begin to see fearful events and great signs from heaven (Luke 21:11), we are reminded by Jesus that for those of us who have waited patiently in him, we will not perish. Luke 21:19 assures us: “Stand firm, and you will win life.”
Prayer: O God, join us now as we enter this season of Advent, this season of anticipatory waiting. Give us patience to know that you have all things under your great control. Amen.
-Dr. Beth Peters-Ferrara