Tag: Christmas Advent

Daily Reads 12.24.2019

Advent Day 24: Read: Luke 24 It was many years ago, a lifetime it seems. I struggled under the heavy burden of religious obligation. Weary and tired, like a candle flickering before it is extinguished, I nearly collapsed under the weight. And then I read this scripture: “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. …

Daily Reads 12.23.2019

Day 23 of Advent: Read: Luke 23 The reading today feels dark and devoid of hope. Jesus is put on trial with the entire religious community yelling for his crucifixion. The scoundrel, Barrabas, is released instead. Can the world get much darker than this? The One who ignited hope, who proclaimed the Good News, who …

Daily Reads 12.22.2019

Advent Day 22: Read: Luke 22 Today’ reading is heavy. The final days of Jesus begin with the Passover celebration with his disciples followed by his arrest and trial. Jesus warns of the impending events, but Peter quickly replies he is willing to go to prison and even die, if necessary. Jesus gently informs Peter …

Daily Reads 12.21.2019

Advent Day 21: Read: Luke 21 Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory! Luke 21:27 Advent: the arrival of a notable person or event We wait, not for a tiny baby to be born, but for the victorious Jesus to return with power and great glory. …

Daily Reads 12.20.2019

Advent Day 20: Read: Luke 20 Already it is Day 20 of Advent. Congratulations to those who persevered through the reading of Luke. It has been rewarding for me to take time daily preparing for the coming of Jesus. Today the word that comes to me after reading the chapter is OPPOSITION. The religious leaders …

Daily Reads 12.19.2019

Advent Day 19: Read: Luke 19 Is what you see in the mirror an accurate reflection of who you are? This chapter begins with Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus. He is a tax collector, despised by other Jews because he worked for the Romans. Jesus goes to his house for dinner anyway. The Pharisees and religious …

Daily Reads 12.18.2019

Advent Day 18: Read: Luke 18 Persistence: firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition The reading today is all about persistence. I admit that I am tempted to give up when opposition hits. I draw conclusions like the fox in Aesop’s fable The Fox and the Grapes. …

Daily Reads 12.17.2019

Advent Day 17: Read: Luke 17 In reading this chapter, it’s difficult to get past the first ten verses without pausing to think. Mostly because if there is one place we universally have difficulty, it is in extending radical forgiveness. Not only does Jesus want us to practice prodigal love with one another, he also …

Daily Reads 12.16.2019

Advent Date 16: Read: Luke 16 Today’s reading centers around money and wealth, but the lessons are deeper than just having money or not having money. I learn, from the first story Jesus tells, that money corrupts and should be used to benefit others (verse 9) so that when they are gone, my eternal home …

Daily Reads 12.15.2019

Advent Day 15: Read: Luke 15 Prodigal: having or giving something on a lavish scale In today’s reading, Jesus emphasizes the lengths he goes to in order to bring someone back to himself. While the younger son is often the focus of Jesus’ story of the wealthy man with two sons (Parable of the Lost …