Looks like the demands of life and ministry are going to derail my previous goal of one week of Advent per day. I am still committed to getting all of this out by the end of the week. Let’s see how I do. I will publish more frequently in smaller parts. Find the previous post here – Advent Week 1
Readings for this week:
- Genesis 3:1-19
- John 3:16-21
- Genesis 6:1-8
- Genesis 11:1-9, 12:1-3
- Genesis 17:15-19, 26:1-5
- Genesis 28:10-17
- Genesis 49:1-2, 8-12
Week 2 – Day 1
He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel – Genesis 3:15b
From the moment Adam and Eve sinned, God had a plan for redemption and restoration. Yes there were consequences. But He never stopped loving them.
Yes there are difficulties in this life. The world groans under the weight of the curse and we struggle to carry out our purpose and calling – to cultivate and keep. Yet, we carry on with a hope and a promise. It won’t always be this way. God has a plan to set everything right.
Week 2 – Day 2
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it – John 1:5
When everything is dark, it only takes the smallest light to change the landscape. Something as simple as the glow from your back lit watch can be the difference between darkness pressing you down into despair and the hope of beauty lifting you out of the pit. Just the tiniest of lights can be seen at great distances in absolute darkness.
The world became such a dark place in the centuries that followed our expulsion from the Garden. But God provided His light through Jesus. It doesn’t matter how hard anyone or anything tries to extinguish that light, it just keeps shining. Sometimes we lose sight of it as something gets in our way, but if we search for it, we always find it again.
Another aspect is that light now shines from us and nothing in this world will be able to put it out – except us. No one can extinguish your light but you. Let your light shine.