This devotional is adapted from the Advent Conspiracy family guide.
Take some some time in prayer and worship today. Light a candle if you have it. Read Psalm 111 or a favourite Advent or Christmas or scripture passage. Read this devotional. Pray to God, giving thanks for the gifts of this season, and asking to see how you can more fully live out your worship.
Think of it, God has given us air to breathe right this minute, a heart that beats every second, jagged mountains, luminous oceans, shimmering rivers, breathing forests, still ponds, grassy fields, moss comfortably growing at the base of a telephone pole, a worm turning the compost over, a baby’s bright eyes focusing on a reflection, coffee lathered in a mug, paint applied, paper cut, beads strung, clay pressed, wood sanded- all of it blanketed by God’s beauty.
And God placed us in this world to explore it, describe it, steward it and respond to his beauty and his creativity. This Encounter with God draws us into an expression called worship. We relate back to God through our work and play, rest and pain, hurried chaos and silence. Categories of where and how and when are
broken apart as we see more of Christ in all things and respond to him in all things.
When Jesus arrived, the angels responded in a massive outburst of joy in front of the shepherds, Magi came with their huge caravan from far away to bow down before him, and for 2,000 years people have celebrated his first coming at the same time that they waited for his return. This year it’s your turn to Worship Fully.
You see, Christmas is about so much more than a fun day, good parties, and a few new things, it’s about Jesus, who came as a Servant King, who came to show us the way home, fill us with his Spirit, and welcome us back into his family. So, the hope is that we use all of the Christmas merriment to remind us of him, to remind us that we’re going home to be with him, face-to-face. We won’t carry our Christmas bags, or our cool new stuff with us, we’ll carry the memories of how we participated in his adventures, how we watched for him, and how he revealed what he was up to in our lives and the lives of the neighbors we served along the way.
So, may you worship Jesus more this season. May you care for others in new ways. May you worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all!