Friday, First Week of Advent

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

As a part of our Advent observances at Grace, we are making use of Concordia Publishing’s Behold the Child materials for worship. Our web devotions through Christmas will be guided by Pastor Kevin Golden’s devotional booklet written in support of the Behold the Child theme (you may purchase a downloadable copy of Pr. Golden’s book by following this link).

Prayer Pointers:

To not fear the Lord’s judgment

For the wisdom that comes from God

Text: Psalm 122:5; John 1:9-14

[Christ’s] judgment brings joy because he is a King unlike any other. –Pr. Golden

AS SINNERS, WE LIVE fearful and resentful of God’s judgment. We are afraid because we know what we deserve; we are resentful because we wish to be in charge, to not have our lives called into question. We tend to focus on God’s judgment as something that cuts us off, or cuts us out, banishing us from his presence.

But what if we are wrong in our focus? What do we do with God’s judgment that “cuts us in” on the action?

Keep in mind that Advent is a time that prepares us for our Lord’s arrival—he is on the way. We might think that we have to go to him, that we have to go to some far-away kingdom, some distant castle or throne room with only the vaguest hope that we might get an audience with the king. But as John says “the Word took on flesh and made a home among us” (John 1:14). God comes to us, God closes the gap between us and makes the move that we cannot, will not make. God comes to us, and he comes with blessing!

There is a scene in the movie The King’s Speech where George VI of England and his wife Queen Mary appear at the home of George’s vocal coach, Lionel Logue. As Lionel has forgotten to alert his wife, she is flabbergasted almost beyond speech at the sight of the royal couple sitting in her modest kitchen. She has been given a singular honor—and blasts her husband later for his neglect in alerting her.

So—I am alerting you—the King of kings is on the way and is coming to you with blessing in his hand.

May you live in Advent hope ~ Pr. Dave Brooks

--Quoted materials are from Behold the Child Daily Devotions #12-4563

© 2019 Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission under license 20:12-1.


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.