Advent Study 2020

Sharing Our Stories: December 11

Writer’s Name:    Rick Elliott

Writer’s Ministry:   Worship Music

Assigned Text:  Matthew 1:18-24

Word of the Week: Hope

One of the first things I do each day is to pour some cold brewed coffee in my favorite cup and take in the morning news.  With the swift pace of change in the world around us, I find it helpful to have a daily check in on the worldwide pandemic, national elections, global warming, the economy and social change.  

The daily news can take me through a range of emotions as I watch and try to digest it all.  My dog, Otis is usually in my lap to share the news with me as well as a good back rub.  Otis approaches each day with expectation and confidence that everything is going to be great.  As I observe his state of mind, I am reminded of the hope that we have in Christ and the promise of a better tomorrow.

I daily embrace hope that a vaccine will come soon to begin putting COVID 19 behind us. 

As a citizen of the United States, I have carried out my duty as a voter to choose the candidates that I believe to be our best hope for tomorrow.

As I watch the spread of wildfires and rising tide, I cling to hope knowing it rests in the one who created the clouds, the land, and the waters.   I also am comforted to know that same God grants knowledge to those who are hard at work to address global warming. 

This last year the pandemic has highlighted significant social disparities that have been a part of our world for many years.  I believe that each of us have an opportunity to be part of the social changes that are here now and explore ways to be a part of the healing of these wounds and spreading hope.  

Daily Prayer:   Lord help us to learn from yesterday, live for today and have hope for tomorrow.

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  1. Lord remind me what have I learned from yesterday.
  2. Lord help me seek your will as I live today.
  3. Lord I thank you that because of you I have hope for tomorrow.

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