First Tuesday in Advent

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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 3:1–11; 2 Peter 1:12–21; Matthew 21:12–22

Today marks the first day of the Christmas season. This is when the excitement begins: the snow, the hot chocolate, ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, and the birthday of Jesus Christ. As Christians, our spirits are high and we are ready for Christmas celebrations. This is a time when we are free of doubt in the Lord. But there have been times when we questioned if God was actually real and we struggled to believe in his power.  Every Christian has had doubts about his/her faith and has probably had trouble removing those doubts.

In his second letter, Peter understands that we sometimes have doubts, but he reminds us that the Bible is not made up of fiction: “For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1:16).  Real people like us witnessed Jesus in his human form 2,000 years ago and saw him perform the miracles that we read about. The disciples recounted their experiences with Jesus to teach us how to love in his way, as true Christians.  When in doubt, we can remember what Peter told us to help keep our faith strong.

Prayer:God, thank you for your immutable love. Forgive us for doubting you, and please help us to remain faithful this Advent and after. Amen.

-Katia Faroun, high school student