Today’s Reading: Mark 1:1-8
“The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” – Mark 1:1
Today, we find ourselves right in the middle of Advent. So, I have a question for you, how is your stress level today? We all know the stress that can come with this time of year. Our focus can be pulled so many different directions. Have I finished my Christmas shopping yet? Have I finished preparations for the Children’s Christmas program, or my staff office party?
It is why I entreat you today to stop, take a deep breath, and focus on these words in Mark. They are the words Mark is inspired to write at the very beginning of his gospel that we might know the Gospel’s clear focus. It is all about Jesus, the Son of God.
The same goes for Advent. We can get so stressed over all the traditions that come with Advent, yet to truly observe the intention of this season, only one thing is needed. That is to take some quiet time in worship, devotion, and prayer to Jesus. Let Him refocus you on what is most important this season: the good news of His coming. Also, that He is coming again for His bride the church, to take us to heaven where stress will be no more.
Prayer: Once He came in blessing, All our sins redressing: Came in likeness lowly, Son of God most holy; Bore the cross to save us; Hope and freedom gave us. (Once He Came in Blessing, LSB 333:1).
This devotion was written by Reverend Christopher Lockie, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA.