Thought for the Day: The people of God had walked away from God through idolatry, showing a complete lack of compassion and kindness. The divine complaints against the people made it sound as if they had moved beyond God’s ability to rescue them with the words, “…you who are far from deliverance.” There are times when it might appear as if humanity has moved an immeasurable distance from God, yet we hear the amazing news that God will bring near the gift of deliverance, and this gift is coming soon. That is the promise of Advent, the Christian season we officially begin tomorrow. We may stumble and feel as if we are no longer within the reach of God, but the message of Advent is that God came close in Jesus and God will continue to seek us out no matter how far we might think we’ve wandered. Of course, there is no place we can go where God is not already present.
Prayer: Gracious God, let me trust in your saving presence that comes again this Advent season. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge