Embrace - Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario
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Promises from the past and signs in the present led the wise men to seek God and to worship Jesus. Those same promises are shared with us, signs also exist to guide and lead us, and likewise great joy awaits us when we come to worship God. All that remains is for us to pay him homage.

Dear Lord, Immortal God,
Connect us with the signs of your love and care in our lives. Let us share in the great joy brought about by the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. And support and encourage us to give you praise – Lord above all things, divine God, immortal Saviour.

Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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