Advent Reading for December 9, 2021
by Melissa Fraley

Hebrews 10:16
‘This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.’

Indeed, the birth of Christ led us to this new covenant with God. No longer is there a need to make sacrifices, for Jesus Christ sacrificed his life to make us holy and wash away our sins. God’s law being put in our hearts and written in our minds allows for a personal relationship with the Lord. No longer are priests and sacrifices needed to atone for sins. Instead, we have been gifted with opportunity of personal conversations with God.

The word advent comes from the Latin, adventus, meaning “coming.” As Christians, Advent is a time for us to prepare for the celebration of the coming of the Christ child. The Presbyterian Church (USA) web page states, “…the four weeks of Advent present an opportunity for communal discernment and personal examination, as the church prepares to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and looks with hope for Christ’s return.” Each week, with each candle we light, our church considers the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love. We are guided to reflect upon those through the lenses of both God’s love and God’s law. We feel the anticipation that comes with waiting, and we prepare together to celebrate the coming of the Christ child. As we hear the sermons each week, we have the opportunity to examine how these themes are reflected in our own minds and hearts.
As we move through this season of advent take the time to look for Christ. Reflect on his love and seek ways to share that love with others. Find moments to refocus your mind away from the busy hustle and bustle of the holiday season and toward the promise of hope that the season brings. Have a conversation with God.

Reflection Questions:
Where do you see God’s love?
How can you show God’s love?

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for listening, and for leading my heart in the direction it needs to go. Help me to find the hope, peace, joy, and love in this season of Advent. Help me to share the hope, peace, joy and love of the season with others. Amen.