Advent Devotional December 13
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16, NLT
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. - Isaiah 58:10, NLT
For more than 30 years, my husband Bobby’s family has had the tradition of gathering together for a Christmas noon meal. Several years ago I felt God telling me to open our meal to those who were hungry, in trouble, had no family, or would otherwise be alone on the holiday.
I shared this idea with Bobby and he immediately said yes. I was worried that the extended family would not be interested in having strangers at our gathering. Bobby called his siblings, shared the idea with them, and they become excited.
God was so involved; it was powerful. We advertised in the paper, on the radio station, and on social media. As the holiday drew near, I had some fears about not having enough food. However, Bobby said, “You know that God will not let that happen.” ?When Christmas day came we gathered at the church fellowship hall with several “visiting” family members.
This has now become our tradition for Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas. We have gained some “family” that come every year; others have joined us one time only.
I am so glad that when God calls, He takes care of all the stumbling blocks, problems and fears. He loves, so that we can love. I encourage you to love others when God calls. He will be with you every step. He loves when we listen to Him and love His children.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the gift of your son, the example you have set before us. The love that you have shown us through this gift is so amazing. Help us to open our hearts and minds to love your children. Amen
By Dawn Atkins, New Beginnings UMC, Lexington District