Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 61:8-11

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation.” – Isaiah 61:10

Right now there are many children preparing for their Christmas programs at church or at one of our many gifted Lutheran schools. Those days of preparation and anticipation were always so exciting to me. I remember one year where I regularly put on my costume and practiced my lines just so that I felt like the star that I would be on that blessed night. I would shine with all the brightness of God’s glory and bear witness to the traveling magi, the shepherds, and the angels as I narrated the Christmas story as the Star of Bethlehem.

I still rejoice with this child-like excitement as I watch my children growing up and learning the joyous works of our Savior. In all the preparations of the season – the lights, the decorating, the meals, the parties, the programs, and the presents – it is easy to revel in the glow of all that excitement. In all the activities, it is easy to think that we are the star of the season and the central fixture of these days of anticipation and preparation.

I remember the dress rehearsal for that wonderful Christmas program so many years ago, but I especially remember the words of my pastor. While we had worked so hard to make the program great, it was not for our own glory, because the star of the season is really the child who comes to us in the manger. This is who I rejoice in throughout Advent. It is this Savior that I make preparations for, because it is He who clothes me with garments of salvation!

Prayer: Creator of the stars of night, Thy people’s everlasting Light: O Christ, Redeemer, save us all And here Thy servants when they call. (Creator of the Stars of Night, LSB 351:1).

This devotion was written by Reverend Steve Henderson, pastor at Risen Christ Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA.

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