As biblical commentator David Lose points out at Working Preacher: “From Moses to Martin Luther King, Jr., history is full of examples of those who, because they had been to the mountaintop, had peered into the promised land, and had heard and believed the promise of a better future, found the challenges of the present not only endurable, but hopeful. We, too, amid the very real setbacks, disappointments, or worries of this life, can 'stand up and raise our heads' because we have heard Jesus' promise that our 'redemption draws near.'"
For further reflection: Consider marking each of the next 50 days by keeping a journal of the signs you see and the encounters of your life that mark God’s kingdom drawing near to you. Each day, mark, name and give thanks for your closest moment to Christ.
This first week focuses on the word expect. It is an Advent word. It is a word that reminds us that God is always at work in the world and in our lives. At times, God is working so deeply in the soil of our life, that we are not yet aware of its bloom. So, we wait. We expect. October 15 Devotional