December 30 Devotional

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God.

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, who came to us long ago in the birth of Jesus Christ, be born in us anew today by the power of your Holy Spirit. We offer our lives as home to you and ask for grace and strength to live as your faithful, joyful children always. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants)

Scripture Reading for the Day: Colossians 2:9-15

Reading for Reflection: God presents himself to us little by little. The whole story of salvation is the story of the God who comes.

It is always he who comes, even if he has not yet come in his fullness. But there is indeed one unique moment in his coming; the others were only preparations and announcement.

The hour of his coming is the Incarnation.

The Incarnation brings the world his presence. It is a presence so complete that it overshadows every presence before it.

God is made human in Christ. God makes himself present to us with such a special presence, such an obvious presence, as to overthrow all complicated calculations made about him in the past.

“The invisible, intangible God has made himself visible and tangible in Christ.”

If Jesus is truly God, everything is clear; if I cannot believe this, everything darkens again. (The God Who Comes by Carlo Carretto)

Reflection and Listening: silent and written

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Steve and Ruth Porter center their ministry around Steve’s dentistry at the Miango Dental Clinic in Nigeria. Their goal is to provide high quality dentistry, a winsome witness, sound teaching, and a compassionate outreach to those in need. They minister to local pastors, teachers, and other church employees, offering their services for the cost of the materials they use. The Porters are planning to return to Nigeria in December in time for the Widows’ Christmas Visitation.

The Fort Sanders Hope Center was established in 1996 to address the unmet needs of patients infected with HIV in Knox and surrounding 20 counties. Pray today for these patients and their families that they may understand the love of Jesus during this Christmas season.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, thanks that in you the whole fullness of deity dwells in bodily form. Not just in part, not just a piece, but in full. You are fully God and yet fully man. O the mystery! The invisible, intangible God has made himself visible and tangible in you. Thanks be to God! Amen.