Friday, December 20
Written by Rev. Dr. Garner Scott Odell
First Congregational Church of Fresno
Devotional: Yes, our lives are busy, and during this holiday season they seem to reel even more out of control. God’s power and dominion loom so much larger in our lives than any chore we have to do at Christmas. During this season of anticipation, we take time to stand in awe of God as we wait in joyful hope for the Incarnation. God is about to do a new thing this season, and we must stand in attention. The Psalmist points to God’s omnipotence while also saying that His word is perfect. He speaks
and it happens.
Knowing this, our souls wait for Him because we need Him, we trust Him, we can’t live without Him. Without His word and love, we have no hope. We immerse ourselves in the expectation of His inbreaking because the life-giving breath of God is about to be birthed in us. And that is the best gift we could receive this Christmas.
Prayer: Precious Lord, it is with great humility that we turn our attention from the demands of this season to focus on you. We need you, we trust you, we hope in you. Let your steadfast love be upon us. It is in your most holy name that we pray these words. You, the Alpha and the Omega, from ages unto ages.