Day 25: 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.
Thursday, Day Twenty-five, December 22nd
Dear Lord Jesus, as we enter into these final days of Advent I pray that the slowing You have been bringing upon me comes to rest in inner stillness deep within me, which then allows me to rest in Your glorious presence. Help me to become inwardly still that I may come to know You more intimately, as I ponder Love that has taken up residence in me at the deepest levels of who I am. Lord, help me rest in Your love that casts out all fear, ends all violence and brings all things together in divine wholeness. In the precious name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen
Read Colossians 3:15-17 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: We are told to let the peace of Christ rule our heart both individually and as a community called the body of Christ. We are also told to be thankful. For me the heart is the human spirit that was dead prior to being made alive, to being born again, in Christ Jesus. This is the place of inner stillness, which flows out of the peace of Christ. In these verses there is a connection between letting the word of Christ dwell within us, wisdom teaching, and spiritual correction all within the context of wonderful grateful praise that flows from our hearts through Christ Jesus to God the Father. This is truly a Trinitarian movement within the deepest part of who we are.
Questions to consider: How are you letting Christ’s peace rule your heart as you prepare for Christmas, and the coming Christ, this Advent season? How is this peace being reflected in you and in your church as part of the body of Christ? How are you letting Christ’s word richly dwell in you this Advent season? What wisdom are you sharing with others? How does the act of grateful worship come into play for you during this time of holy preparation?