Advent 1- Stars that shine brightly – Thursday 30th November 2017 – Revelation 14:6-13

 

   advent star smallHere is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of* Jesus. v12

Advent is a time where we marvel at the bright white light that reminds us of God’s pure love for us, in the midst of our chaotic world. As we read this passage, chapter 14 of Revelation is where we glimpse Eternity where the Messiah dwells. However, there is a call to endure the difficulties that face us daily, and the secret of endurance is trust and obedience. Trusting that God will always be with us and will give us the patience to endure the small things we face daily and obedience to the will of the Creative Spirit.

Lord, who is the mystery, majesty, and the Messiah; who dwells in the stars and in hearts of all people. Bless us as we wait for patience. Amen 

 

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Advent starlight 2017: daily devotions through Advent

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Stars are a fascination.

Since the beginning of time, people have searched the heavens and stars to find God and to seek guidance and comfort.

This Advent, as we journey to the stable, we wait and ponder with the prophets and visitors. Stars accompanied Mary and Joseph as they travelled to Bethlehem. The biblical significance of stars is the knowledge of good and truth they imply.  We see the stars at night when they glimmer and shine, yet stars are always present during the daytime,  hidden from our sight by creative forces and the environment we live in. To this end, I have explored four areas for each week of Advent.

Week one – Stars that shine brightly-explores the ‘shining stars’ in our world and in our community projects. Gods Mission is to enable stars to shine ever brighter in the name of Jesus Christ.

Week twoStars in the heavens- explores the Holy, the heavenly and the earthly, and the God who came down to earth to dwell within humanity; God Immanuel.

Week threeStars in a dark place explores the world which is full of dark clouds of greed, injustice, disaster, war, and illness that dim the stars from our sight.

Week four – Stars that lead to Jesus explores individuals and prophets that show us the goodness and truth that Jesus brings.

Christmas day explores the brightest star in heaven and earth, when God came to dwell in an infant.

I pray that through Advent you may follow the Star of Bethlehem that leads to the stable, and there find fulfilment, joy, peace, hope and love in the face of God, known to us as Jesus.

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