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Please pray: Lord God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Thank you for another day of life and for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. I come to you today to be renewed and restored in you. As I read your Word and meditate on its meaning for my life, please send your Holy Spirit to guide me and direct my thoughts. I pray this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen!
Matthew 6: 31 - 34
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
It seems to me these are perfect verses for us, sitting in the middle of the first week of Advent. The pagans (world) are worrying with questions like:
“What will we eat when we have our Christmas celebration?”
“When is the company Christmas party?”
“What Christmas gift should I buy for Uncle John? He’s so hard to shop for.”
“How am I going to find time to decorate the house, do my Christmas shopping, and get everything else done before Christmas?”
Jesus is calling us, as his Christ-followers, to a different kind of preparation for Christmas. He is calling us to be focused on questions like:
“Lord, what are you trying to say to me through this particular situation?”
“Lord, who do you want me to be praying for?”
“Lord, who are you calling me to serve this Christmas season?”
“Lord, what do you want to reveal to me through the reading of your Holy Word?”
We know in our hearts that if we truly seek God and His kingdom first, He will provide everything we need – time, money, relationships, food, clothing, shelter, etc. – because He knows we need them and He is a good and gracious heavenly Father. Now may God touch our minds and brains so that we will truly ACT as if what we know in our hearts is really true!
May God bless your Advent journey today,