Thursday, Third 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:

To be prompted by the Holy Spirit to remember your blessings

To see in all circumstances of life the work of God for your salvation

Text: Psalm 146:5

You are blessed no matter your circumstances

because the God of Jacob is your help.

—Pr. Golden

You may remember how we explored this word “blessed” back in November. Because God sustains all of creation, we can have our daily needs met. Things work together, fulfill their purpose. This is one core meaning of blessed: things working as they should.

But when they don’t—when illness intrudes, when conflict arrives, when finances aren’t sufficient, when community isn’t supportive—what then?

In this Advent time, when we hear stories of longing, of waiting, and of pleading, we can be comforted knowing that God has not abandoned us, not gone to a far country and left us alone to fend for ourselves. Our circumstances are not a sign that we are under God’s frown, for our Lord knows our circumstances. He who is Life has been born in death’s shadow, he who is Joy has experienced loss, he who is Love has been hated and reviled. In faith we can ask God to work in us in all circumstances, that he would shape us to reveal his glory and strengthen us as his sons and daughters.

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.