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Advent Devotional – December 22, 2019

By: Justin Fitch

Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (7)

Verses 7 and 19 of today’s Psalm are the exact same text: “Restore us, O God!” To restore is “to repair or renovate so as to return it to its original condition,” which causes me to immediately consider Creation. Two of the readings today mention Emmanuel, a name meaning “God with us.” God is in Creation all around us – what a beautiful thing! But if we look around at what humans have done, at what we continue to do to Creation, does it seem like we believe that? It’s easy to damage things. Easy to manipulate them, to abuse them; but restoration can be a difficult and long process and often takes planning and care. None of that can be done until our outlook of Creation is restored. Restore us, O God! 

What needs to be restored in your life? Perhaps your mindset toward your job, or your passion for ministry. Is there a relationship you’ve let an argument hinder from growing? What about your body, indeed a wonderful part of Creation – does it need to be restored? 

Sustainer, while we long for the restoration of the whole world, show us what we can restore individually and collectively, and give us the courage and strength to do so. 

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