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).
To be honest about how you are held captive
To rejoice in God coming to you
Text: Psalm 146:8
The humble…trust not in themselves. –Pr. Golden
WE ARE BEGGARS; this is true. Found on a scrap of paper in Luther’s hand as he died, they are a fitting epitaph for the man. Martin started a movement because he was convinced by the testimony of Scripture that the only way to God was to admit that there was no way to God! God could not be commanded, cajoled, corralled, or coerced—he is utterly free, and will be who he will be. We have nothing, we can do nothing, for we are beggars, all of us.
So God comes to us, in love and grace, in power and might, in judgment and mercy. He gives to us what we could never get on our own. He makes of us what we could never be. He frees us from what holds us captive, unlocks the door of our prison. He makes us what we were always meant to be.
O come, Thou Key of David come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!
May you live in Advent hope ~ Pr. Dave Brooks
--Quoted materials are from Behold the Child Daily Devotions #12-4563
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