Devotion for the First Sunday in Advent

1 Thessalonians 5:2-8 (ESV)

2 The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

Heavenly Father, in this Advent season, we prepare for the day You will come as a thief in the night. Empower us by the Holy Spirit to be sober and garbed in the breastplate of faith and love, wearing a helmet of the hope of salvation. Amen.

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