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.
Thursday, Day Eighteen, December 15th
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 John 3:16-18: slowly. Do not rush. Savor each word. Listen attentively 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: Amazing Love! Who that becomes aware of this Love would not believe and love God who is Love? Eternal life, salvation, is the gift that Love brings to us. No condemnation for all who believe! It seems to me that once we open our hearts to Love that Love will prove itself and belief will follow. Faith is a gift of Love that is available to all people. By responding to the grace of faith we are saved though and in Love (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
Questions to consider: How are you responding to Love this Advent season? Are you allowing God’s grace of faith to move in and through you that you might become more aware of what it means to be saved through Jesus Christ? How might you become more aware of Love, God, in your life this day? Stop and ponder God’s presence and open your heart wide to Love. How do you feel? What are you thinking? Ponder these things as you stand before Love who is present with you this very moment.