Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent. All four candles on our wreath are lit. Christmas is four days away. Excited children await Santa’s coming. Would that we taught them to be equally excited about Jesus’ coming. Are they prepared for his coming? Are we? I pray daily for Jesus to come soon. Evil is rampant in the world. Evil men attack schools killing teachers and students. Racial tension is on the rise in America. Church members in Spindale, NC, beat up a gay member. The newscasters ask “When can we expect the Taliban to attack in America?” Evil affecting our lives is not a matter of “if,” it is a matter of “when.” So Paul advises us to put on the whole armor of God in order to be ready for the attacks of the devil. Our offensive weapon is God’s Word. It is the birth of God the Word in the form of the baby Jesus that we celebrate this Christmas. He came to take away the sin of the world. His death and resurrection defeated sin, death, and the devil. His gift is life eternal to all who receive him. Make sure you and your loved ones receive the gift.
Prayer: Be near me, Lord Jesus, staying close by me forever and loving me, I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes, Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.