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Advent Devotions – Friday, December 14, 2018

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Advent Devotions – Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

LIGHT lifted

Light two candles…begin your prayer time by lighting the first purple candle, the Hope candle and the second purple candle. The “Peace” candle…or the Prophecy candle…

WORD spoken

READ: Isaiah 12: 2-6

Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense[a];
he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.

In that day you will say:

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

 

DEVOTION shared

Some things are just unexplainable. Like Grandma Schafer’s ability to “witch” a well. My husband swears that when he was a boy, he watched his Grandma Schafer do just that. So, let me explain. “Witching a well” is a way to “find water” without digging. It seems that there are “some people” in the world who can take a willow tree branch in both hands and begin walking. As they walk the branch will begin spinning when they are over water.

My husband tired it as a boy. It didn’t work…unless Grandma Schafer put her hand on his. Then it worked. Unexplainable, right?

My father would never dig a well without having it witched. Just ask him. He too swears by it.

How deep does the water run?

In our lesson for today the Psalmist is singing praise for what God has done.

With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.

God is the Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end. We wait in the “middle.” We have time. We have limits. We have bottoms. We can feel full or empty, dry, parched.

But not God. God’s well is bottomless. God’s well of salvation will never run dry. There is always enough.

There is forever an abundance of grace.

For this the Psalmist sings praise. For this, we join in this song of joy.

 

PRAYER lifted

God of Salvation, you fill us with your grace and mercy. You find the dry parts in our lives and nourish them with the waters of forgiveness. We give thanks during this Advent season that regardless of who we are or what we have done, your well of love and grace will never run dry for us. In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen

ACTION taken

What are the areas of dry in your life right now? Where might God be calling you to dip your toe in the well? Share with a friend or in the comments below.

 

About Mitzie…Mitzie Schafer is a Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Art in Religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a concentration in Christian Education and Christian Spirituality. She has been writing curriculum and teaching faith formation for more than ten years. Mitzie’s faith is grounded in the belief that God is the initiator and we are the respondent.  That God’s yes is always bigger than our no. That being created in the image of the Creator, makes us by our very nature, creative. And that God LOVES ALL people.

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