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

In Luke’s retelling of the nativity story, the presence of God can be felt at every turn, reverberating from the pages. Angels bring blessings and comfort, the Holy Spirit inspires and empowers, and the skies burst forth in praise. It is an exciting, overwhelming story that changed the world and its stunning power can perhaps just be glimpsed in those momentous words, “I stand in the presence of God.” For all the hype and hubbub of a secular Christmas, it can’t help but feel somewhat brittle and shallow in comparison.

Loving God, in the rush of Christmas, I know I can be distracted by the lights and sounds of our worldly celebrations. Remind me of Your presence, throughout this story and at this special time of year. Slow me down to see Your love at work through the gift of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Luke 1:19

19 The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.

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

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