First Friday in Advent

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 5:1–17; Jude 1–16; Matthew 22:1–14

Many are the people who hate those who uphold justice and those who speak the truth.  Amos 5:14 tells us to “Seek good, not evil, so that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will truly be with you just as you say he is.”       

It is hard to seek good during every moment of every day, especially when there is so much evil all around to tempt us.  Have you experienced someone who insisted on pointing out your flaws, regardless of what they are, or when they occurred?        

I struggle to keep my mind on seeking the good in those moments.  It is so easy to fall into the pattern of returning the gesture in not such a good way.  The challenge is: how do we seek and spread Christ’s love to people who seemingly have no interest in hearing?        

We must remember it isn’t about us at all.  It is about the One who sends us to be the light that this dark world needs.  Jesus was sent to pay for all of our sins, so it is only fitting that we repay and honor him to the best of our abilities.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for being our light in the darkness of this world. Grant us the strength to be a beacon of your light to others. It is in your name that we pray. Amen.

- Rich Ehrhart