Devotion for the First Sunday in Advent

“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
“Speak kindly to Jerusalem;
And call out to her, that her warfare has ended,
That her iniquity has been removed,
That she has received of the Lord’s hand
Double for all her sins.”
A voice is calling,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
“Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” ~ Isaiah 40:1-5

Jesus came to earth as a tiny baby more than 2000 years ago, but He will come again in glory as a conquering king to rule the world in all His great majesty and power. We should be preparing a way for Him in our own hearts, and we should be telling everyone we know about Him. So often we hesitate to say anything that might offend someone. It’s better to offend today than for those we love to see His glory only to find they won’t be with Him in His glorious kingdom.

Lord, open my lips to tell everyone I know about Jesus. When He comes in all His glory, let everyone I love be with Him forever and ever in His eternal kingdom. In His name. Amen.

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