“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” – Isaiah 60:1
Jesus is not only a historical figure from the past and our hope for the future. He actually comes to us each and every day of our lives. Jesus was there when we were conceived in our mothers’ wombs. God took us in His arms and made us His children in Holy Baptism.
Through parents and pastors, relatives, friends, teachers and fellow Christians, He teaches us, cares for us and helps us to grow. Through the preaching of God’s Word, He causes faith to grow in our hearts.
Countless times, He forgives our sins and feeds us with the body and blood of Jesus in His Supper. Every time we gather to worship, He meets us to give these good gifts.
In Advent, we remember that Jesus doesn’t wait in heaven for us to seek Him, accept Him, repent or do good works that please Him. As our Good Shepherd, He searches for us until He finds us. Jesus comes for us — here and now. He’s by our side in the struggles of our lives with His good gifts and Spirit.
Prayer: Stir up Your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection save us from the threatening dangers of our sins, and enlighten our walk in the way of Your salvation, for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.