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Second Sunday of Advent
December 4, 2022
Isaiah 11:1-10     Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13     Matthew 3:1-12
At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the approaching light of Christ. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction. From the Lord’s table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist to proclaim that in Christ the kingdom of God has come near.   (Augsburg Fortress, Sunday and Seasons Year A 2023) 
Daily Devotion
Tuesday, November 29,2022

Isaiah 41: 14-20 What would I do if I did not have God? This has gone through my head a hundred times this month. Because of some problems with getting medication that I need; I have been fighting with the insurance company. And I have praying that someone there has a heart and looks at me as a human being. A wife, mother, grandmother, friend. Someone that sees me looking a lot like one of their family members. And I’ve been praying that God will intervene. Years ago, when my dad told our family that he had cancer, we were devastated. And, like most families, realizing that it had turned terminal, we prayed for a miracle. On the day before he died, I thought that the miracle I prayed for was not going to happen. Or was it? I had prayed for his pain to go away. I had prayed for total healing. And I had prayed for God to allow my dad to stay with us. It didn’t take me long to realize that the miracle I had asked for did happen. You see, the second my dad died; God took away his pain. He was totally healed. He will be with us forever, just not right now. God has a plan for all of us. Today’s scriptures tell us this. We are His people. He is our God. And as long as we stay His people, he will take care of us. My mama had said many times, “God always answers prayer. But the answer is not always ‘yes’.”  Again, what would I do if I did not have God? Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Please continue to be with each of us as we go through the daily trials we encounter. Sometimes, it is hard and we don’t know which way to turn. Show us your way. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Written By: Wanda Mulkey


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