Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Peaceful One. Our resting place. Advent Day 17

Well, we haven't done the Jesse Tree since Thursday last week!  Life has been so busy.  As I write this we are having some new windows fitted and my living room is full of guitars and one neurotic cat.  But that's fine, we'll catch up, hopefully today. :)

We have all been ill over the past few weeks and amongst all this there have been school Christmas shows, church, parties, the Alpha course meal, new doors and boiler and radiators fitted in our new house.  I'm exhausted. LOL

Which brings me to my Advent devotional...

Scripture:

13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”...

76“And you, child [John the Baptist], will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1

Name of Jesus:  Shiloh (Genesis 49:10)
Symbol:  Scallop shell (a traditional symbol of baptism)

Devotional:

Jesus is Shiloh.  Shiloh means 'the peaceful one'.  Jesus is our peace.  At this busy and often stressful time of year it is good to remember the One who brings us peace and rest.  Jesus.  Shiloh.

This is who John the Baptist was to prepare the people for.  He was to 'turn the hearts of the fathers to their children'.  This is the beauty of God.  His desire is for people to love one another.  Fathers aren't to dominate their children harshly, but for their hearts to be towards their children...and of course the children then turn towards the ones who love them tenderly.  True preparation for the Prince of Peace to come to a people whose hearts are turned towards one another - after that: reconciliation.

Let us find Shiloh in the midst of the busyness this Christmas...may He 'guide our feet into the way of peace'.

How to find Peace in the crush of motherhood? Peace may come fleetingly as a reviving, necessary place, but, like a fog burning off in the heat of the day, peace as a place will dissipate. For enduring Peace, look for a Person whispering the word softly to your anxious heart: Peace, peace, peace. Seek a Person, the very Lord of Peace, who is willing to give you his very own abiding, unwavering peace. ~Ann Voskamp
In all honesty, the perfect decorations, the perfect hospitality, the perfect gifts can become a burden - it can feel as if we must create the 'perfect Christmas' - can I slow down and find the real gift of Christmas?
“What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could ‘be like gods’—could set up on their own as if they had created themselves—be their own masters—invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Come Lord Jesus!

Happy Advent.

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