Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/2/2018

Today please be in prayer for

Brownville UMC
Nemaha UMC
Missouri River District
Cedar Hill UMC
Missouri River District
Omaha Clair Memorial UMC
Missouri River District
Omaha Dietz Memorial UMC
Missouri River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Jeremiah 33:14-16 

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

Today's Devotional

Today begins a new season of Advent, and our hearts are drawn to the meaning of the upcoming days before us. The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word “adventus” meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.

During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ! We remember the longing of the Jews for a Messiah. Advent brings to light our own longing – for new beginnings, forgiveness, love and grace. As we take the time during Advent to look back and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, we also look forward with great anticipation the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by His first coming.

Our passage in Jeremiah for today, rings of that great promise, “the time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill my gracious promise … and He will be called, The Lord is Our Righteousness.” (v. 14a, and 16b). During this particular season of Advent, I long for the Lord of Righteousness to be my focus. One look at the news, once more hearing of a story of hate, injustice and abuse, and I wonder as I wander, “what has happened, what is happening to all of us?” Have I, have we all, forgotten what Advent brings for us? Have we placed our righteousness, integrity, character, goodness, humility on a shelf, like we do the Elf on the Shelf?”

I invite you to join me during this season of Advent, to take righteousness off the shelf and allow the Lord of Righteousness to reign down on our soul.

-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Distaster Response Coordinator

Prayer for Reflection

Lord, as we prepare for the season of Advent, may one of the characteristics we rediscover be righteousness in our own lives. Amen.


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