Advent Devotion 18 – Family Gatherings…a Shadow

Today’s Reading – John 1-3

John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Christmas is the season where extended family and friends gather together to celebrate the birth of Christ.  For some, Christmas is the only time of year you see your extended family.  Living seven hours from our hometown, this is true for us.  These opportunities to fellowship with those we don’t see very often is part of what makes Christmas so special.  We enjoy being together during this time of year.  Though our fellowship with family and friends is sweet, John 1:14 declares a truth that is far sweeter.

At the time of Jesus’ birth, it had been 400 years since the world had heard from God.  Though God had promised to send a redeemer, the lack of contact from God had to make it difficult to believe it would ever happen.  And yet, when it was least expected, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…”  For those who have trusted in Christ as their Lord and Savior, we understand the significance of this event.  We understand the hope and joy that is found by acknowledging Him and what this season represents.  As sweet as our time with family can be during this season, it is a mere shadow of the true joy and sweetness we can know through faith in Christ.  So, as you gather in the coming days with family and friends and experience the happiness and excitement of those gatherings, remember they are but a taste of what it will be like when we truly see Him face to face.

Prayer of Reflection: Father, thank you that Jesus has come to dwell among us.  Thank you for the experiences you give of time with family and friends during this time of year as we celebrate Christmas.  As sweet as these times can be Lord, I look forward to the time when the full reality of your presence will be known. AMEN

Rest in Jesus,

Andy

Honor Begins at Home

Last night Colonial Heights began a study based upon the movie Courageous and more importantly God’s Word titled Honor Begins at Home.  We, as a church, have been emphasizing the importance of the home in faith formation for future generations and ultimately the greater proclamation of the glory of Christ to the world.  We issued the challenge to our people, and asked God to do abundantly beyond all that we could ask or think (Eph. 3:20) and last night He did just that!

Today I am sitting at my desk looking at a list of 233 men and women that have committed to the study.  We are asking God to send revival, and start it in the homes of Colonial Heights.  We ended our time last night with a focused time of prayer, and the “low buzz” that could be heard as 233 people joined together to pray was incredible.   Continue reading