Day 16: Advent 2016 Daily Devotionals

“The Slowing”

Week Three

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.

Tuesday, Day Sixteen, December 13th

Opening Prayer:

Lord Jesus, help me to see through your eyes and to be who you are calling me to be. I wish to see You and You alone as I, by Your grace, grow and mature; spirit, soul, body and mind, so as to become a reflection of Love into the world each day of my life. I pray to share in the Holy Spirit all that You are making me into as part of this Advent preparation and I thank you Lord for the grace to do so. In the precious name Jesus Christ I pray. Amen

Read Colossians 1:15-23 slowly: Do not rush. Savor each word. Listen to God’s Word. 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: These verses give us some astounding facts about Jesus Christ and about ourselves. He is the image of God, Creator, eternal head of the church, the beginning, the first born of the dead, the fullness of God, the reconciler and peacemaker and the one who presents us as holy, blameless and irreproachable before God. All we are called to be is steadfastly faithful, without shifting hope. Praise God in whom we place all our faith and hope.

Questions to consider: How do you feel as you ponder this description of Jesus Christ and His work among us? What thoughts come to mind? Know that right this minute you are in God’s presence. What would you like to say to Him with reference to this reading? What prayers come to mind?

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