Advent Devotional – Tuesday, Dec 4th

IMG_2935By: Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum

Luke 21:25-36

Reflection—v. 34, ‘the worries of this life’
How often is my heart weighed down by the worries of this life? I measure myself by the
standards of our society. I fret about how unsuccessful I am and how I do not make as much money as my peers. I worry that I do not measure up, and that I have let people down. I preach in a basement, and I am terrible at fundraising. I worry that by the standards of how our society measures success, I have failed. We are told to be on guard for such disparaging thinking—for letting such comparisons weigh us down. For while we are fighting to climb another rung of the social ladder, Christ sets a table to which everyone is invited. It is a table at which there is enough for all, everyone can look one another in the eye, and even our most honorable host will get down on his hands and knees to wash dirty feet. So, when I feel weighed down by the worries of this life and all the ways that so many of us are not equipped to excel by the standards of our society, I guard my heart, and remember that God has equipped us in other ways. I remind myself that God has made each and every one of us valuable. We can stand before the Son of Man, because we are chosen, loved, and valuable, and whatever worries of this life may make us doubt, we are all equipped to be God’s people.
Prayer: Equip us, O God, not by the standards of society, but by your standards for love and mercy.