Journey - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

For the wise men, paying homage to the baby Jesus was the conclusion of a lengthy journey, following a sign, on a path mapped out by faith. The obstacles they faced must have been taxing, and there must have been many moments when they considered giving up the idea and returning home, perhaps most of all when the baby wasn’t to be found at the palace. But they continued and the reward at their journey’s end was overwhelming joy. There’s much comfort and encouragement in their journey – for we too face obstacles and uncertainty on our path mapped out by faith; and following Jesus’ teaching does not lead us to the obvious places or to those that the world necessarily values. But when we continue, be assured we are journeying to overwhelming joy.

Loving God, my path through life takes me to metaphorical deserts and mountains and the going can be hard. Guide me to follow the route mapped out by faith, and bring me to the place of overwhelming joy, in this world and the next. Amen.

Matt 2: 9-10

They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2018.

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