Advent Devotional – Thursday, Dec 13th

By: Holly Reimer

Philippians 1:3-11

Reflection—v. 5, ‘sharing in the gospel’
image1(4)When I looked up the word ‘share’ in the dictionary, one of the definitions said, ‘to participate in, receive, and enjoy jointly.’ This definition describes how I feel about our community at Mercy. This past week in Sunday worship we sang the words, ‘Jesus is a sanctuary, everybody’s welcome, everybody’s free.’ Later in our Bible study—a group discussion of the scripture we have in place of a traditional sermon—one of our members continued the theme of mutuality and sharing by contributing, ‘We can learn a lot from each other.’ I believe this is part of what Paul was talking about when he expressed his joys and hopes for a community that shares in the gospel. This kind of sharing is something for us to look forward to as we look ahead in Advent and to the coming of Christ. There are no exclusions in Christ. In the sharing of the gospel, there is mutuality and community at it’s finest, an acknowledging of the value of every human being.
Prayer: God, we thank you for the opportunities to be in mutual communities where we can share in the gospel and the message it offers to our lives. Thank you for sending us your Son as an example of love, peace, joy, hope, and mutuality. May we always participate, receive, and enjoy the gospel jointly!