Being Awake
Advent
First Devotion

First Day:
Jeremiah 33:14-16
"Behold, the days are coming...."

Psalms 25:1-9
"Unto you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul...."

I Thessalonians 3:9-13
"May the Lord make you to increase and overflow
in love for one another
and strengthen your heart to be pure and holy in His sight."

Luke 21:25-36
"Keep awake and watch at all times...."









As each day dawns, the Lord comes.  
He shows up in this world.  He is always present.
The question for us is, are we awake?

"Behold, the days are coming" when the Lord will fulfill
His promise.  We can expect it.  Some days we wonder if He will ever come.
Yet, beyond our awareness, God is working and preparing for
the coming of a special gift into our lives.  In our frailty
He sustains.  When we are lost, He finds us.   
When all doors have been closed, He opens up the right door
at the right time.  When we are empty, He fills us.  
When we are poor, He faithfully provides.
The way He comes is so profound.
It is in such little things He shows himself.
He quietly moves and gathers Himself.
He comes in the still, small voice.











"Unto you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul...."
In the period of waiting that always accompanies the
visitations of God, we are encouraged
to lift up our souls to Him.  
His presence sustains and keeps us, graciously directs our paths--
and empowers us to move forward.












"May the Lord make you to increase and overflow
in love for one another
and strengthen your heart to be pure and holy in His sight."
It is so easy to get introspective.
And yes, we need to listen carefully to our own heart and care
for its concerns.  
However, we are called to love those whom God
places in our lives with an integrity of character.  
I find the coming of the Lord into our lives is primarily through
the people that enter our lives to love.










"Keep awake and watch at all times...."
Keeping awake is so difficult.  We miss so much each day
that comes our way in the form of God's blessing.
We are lulled to sleep by the business of our lives,
by the many sounds that draw our attention away from His presence.

The Lord comes.  He is even preparing our hearts
at this very moment for his arrival.  He will come
in so many ways, even our sleepiness He will quicken.  
God loves to give gifts.  He loves to bless.  
He calls us to prepare for His coming.

I wonder what the Lord is preparing for you.
I wonder what He will awaken in you.
I wonder what "new thing" He will birth in you.

He is coming!  Be patient with restful attention.
The kingdom of God comes to you.
                                                          ltm