DURING THE prelude to Christmas, trees often take a prominent place in many homes. Serving as a symbol of life, faith, and salvation, trees are focal points for our Christmas celebrations and anticipations. Like the prophet Jeremiah, we are expecting our salvation to come quickly. We are expecting a light in the darkness, and we continue to hold out hope for peace.
—Todd Outcalt, Blue Christmas: Devotions of Light in a Season of Darkness (Upper Room Books, 2018)
What do you anticipate God will do this Advent? Share your thoughts.
“‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.
In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
he will do what is just and right in the land.’”
—Jeremiah 33:14-15 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
God of Light, be my hope in this season. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room .
The Staff of The Upper Room invites you to join us for a virtual “Blue Christmas” worship service, also known as the “Longest Night” service. This service is especially designed to give voice and hope to those who are grieving or who are experiencing loss. Click here to watch the video and be sure to share it with a friend.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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