During these weeks preceding Christmas, we restore color and beauty to our homes, we cast light into darkened corners, and we restore our spirits with song and mirth. As Christians, there is a growing awareness for us that a new year is approaching as Advent begins and, with it, new promises of grace and goodness. God is always at work restoring.
Today, you might take note of these hopes and dreams. Perhaps you can consider the broken places that need to be mended, the lackluster that can be brightened, the rough edges of life that need to be made smooth. That is God’s work. God’s business. And today can be the day of restoration.
—Todd Outcalt, Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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When the LORD changed Zion’s circumstances for the better,
it was like we had been dreaming.
Our mouths were suddenly filled with laughter;
our tongues were filled with joyful shouts.
It was even said, at that time, among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them!”
—Psalm 126:1-2 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God, the One who has brought all things into existence, I welcome the lessons and love—expected and unexpected—you will bring today.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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