Day 17: 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.

Wednesday, Day Seventeen, December 14th

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 Revelation 5:1-14 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: “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break the seals?” When no one comes forward John begins to weep but then he hears one of the elders say, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals. Praise breaks out in heaven and on earth and a new song is sung, a song of praise by thousands upon thousands of angels, living creatures and the elders with full voice, “Worthy is the Lamb…” and all agree. Imagine the joy of the scene and your place in it, as we all cry out “Worthy is the Lamb, be all honor, glory and blessing forever and ever! No one present could miss the greatness of the worship and the greatness of God.

Questions to consider: How does your life reflect God’s glory? Place yourself right next to John, look around and behold the Lamb, who is Christ Jesus. How do you feel? What are you thinking? How are you participating in the praise that none could miss, or could be mistaken as to who is being praised? God, Christ the Lord. How do others in your life feel your praise of God? Is it unmistakable or is it hidden in any way?

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