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Advent Reading December 15

Saturday, December 15
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. — Matthew 5:5
I was once senior pastor of a church that had a longstanding Bible study for special-needs adults. Its faithful teacher, Helen, was nicknamed “Sunshine” by its members, a recognition of her radiant compassion.
During worship, the class sat together in the front pews. As I looked out from the pulpit each Sunday, their faces were the first to greet me. It became a living parable that shaped my theology of preaching. I asked myself a regular question: Would I remember the world-overturning lesson of Jesus, that unless we become like children, we will not enter the kingdom of heaven?
This Advent, how can you embrace the simple, liberating power of Jesus’ message?
Loving God, you have called us as saints through the love of Christ. Help us to live with this empowering knowledge of our identity. Amen.