Advent 2016 Daily Devotionals
Initial note: to make the most of these devotionals it is suggested that the disciple does their best to enter into the Scripture as if hearing it for the very first time, as if they are in the presence of the very first hearers. Allow yourself to feel the location, and the message in a sensory manner. In other words live God’s Word. I have found that this approach can move us into what can only be described as a timeless place, where we can truly experience the slowing we seek in God’s presence.
Friday, Day Twelve, December 9th
Dear Lord Jesus, help me to feel the calm peacefulness of the slowing that You are inviting me into this Advent season. Kindle within me an ever deepening desire to rest before You that You may draw me into a deeper understanding and a deeper experience of Your Holy Presence. Lord I desire to know more of You in my life and I trust Your sacred Word to guide my way into an experience of inner peace in Your Holy Presence. In the precious name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen
Read John 1:1-14 slowly: Do not rush. Savor each word. Listen attentively as the narrative unfolds. You may want to read it several times, with no agenda but to simply hear God’s Word spoken into your heart. Allow the words to reverberate in your mind. Be open and aware of any thoughts and feelings; physically and emotionally without dwelling on them. Let yourself slowdown in God’s presence. Feel the slowing. When you feel fully recollected consider the thought that follows. Finally consider the questions provided. You may be drawn to journal your thoughts as you move through God’s Word. Be open to this direction as it comes upon you.
Thought: When I read these wonderful words I am always particularly struck by verse four. “In Him was life, and the life was the light of humanity.” This makes me think of the breath of life that God breathed into the clay being by which it became a living being at the dawn of creation (Genesis 2:7). This light is an enlightening light, which lights the way, calling us to follow. This is a Light to live by. I feel the slowing every time I read verse fourteen with an open and receptive heart, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as the only begotten from the Father full of grace and truth.” The timeless One entered into time, which He created, that we might know life in eternity. This is what the Light is illuminating. The Light illuminates the way through a darkness that cannot comprehend it, inviting us into the eternal life of the Life that is in Him, the Word, Christ Jesus.
Questions to consider: Have you ever considered that the “life that is the Light of humanity” is inviting you into an eternal, timeless, place of perfect peace, calm and slowing? What darkness is God’s Light shining upon in your life? How is the life that is in Christ Jesus your light this Advent? Where is it leading you? What glory is there just waiting for you to see? How is God’s presence with you this day showing you His glory, which is full of grace and truth?