Saturday, Second Week of Advent

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:

For proper awe of God

For an absence of pride

For astronomers, astronauts and others who study the universe

Text: Psalm 72:5

Fear is reverence, meaning being in awe... –Pr. Golden

MODERN CHRISTIANS DO NOT react well to the idea that we are to “fear” God, reasoning that no one should ever have reason or cause to be afraid, especially of a being whose essential nature is love.

But to think that idea through, we see how lacking it is. After all, fear is a natural and healthy response to something that threatens—you’d think me beyond strange if, hiking in Alaska together, we encounter a growling grizzly and I walk up and embrace the beast! It is healthy fear that is truly our best chance of overcoming the pandemic, because reasonable fear of infection causes us to modify our activities to lessen the risk.

God’s loving desire for us notwithstanding, he is a threat to our sinful selves, and that is a source of fear; even more, to have what I’d call a “healthy fear” of God is a wonderful antidote to the central effect of sin, where our eyes see no one but ourselves. Our Christian ancestors said that pride was the deadliest sin because the proud man or woman is always looking down on others, looking down even on his or her own possessions and life because there is nothing that is, that can be as good—and to encounter someone better—bigger—is a mortal threat. Pride cannot stand being made to look or seem small, so pride will embrace slavering grizzlies rather than let go of the wrong way of seeing.

God’s love comes to us and calls us to look up and see truly for a change, and discover how right and good it is to find our proper—honored!—place in creation.

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.


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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.