A word of truth spoken at the right time, in the right spirit, can change everything about us and about our lives. It’s like the clear, pure sound of a trumpet rising above a noisy crowd.
The song the shepherds heard on the first Christmas announcing the good news of the Savior was that sort of sound. Advent reminded us to watch and work for the time when the song of the angels would become the song the whole world sings. We waited for fulfillment of the promise. Sometimes it felt as if the wrong sound would drown out everything else. But then somehow, somewhere deep within, we began to hear the gentle hum that reminds us God is always at work. This hum is what the Bible calls hope.
—James A. Harnish, “The Sound of Hope,” Light of Lights: Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide, compiled and edited by Robin Pippin (Upper Room Books, 2014)
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The angel said [to the shepherds], “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord. This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.”
—Luke 2:10-12 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
O God, during this season give us eyes to see all around us signs of Christ’s love breaking into the world. Amen. —Prayer by Diane Luton Blum
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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