Advent Devotion December 1


Second Samuel 7:18-21

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God; you have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come. May this be instruction for the people, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have wrought all this greatness, so that your servant may know it.

A line in this passage reminds me of my walk with the Order of Lutheran Franciscans. David asks, “Who am I, O Lord God?” That question has been implanted with me since I began the journey this previous January. This question is one that St. Francis asked himself often, “Who am I, and who are you?” These are not bad questions, and I believe they get us right down to the heart of things. In these questions we want to know more. We open ourselves up to the curiosity of what it means to be a child of God. We are constantly on a self journey to determine who we are and where God is calling us to action within our own lives. It may seem a bit preposterous to ask God, “Who are you?” Whether, we state it aloud or not, I believe we all have that question pop up in our minds from time to time. Don’t we get to know people better if we find out a little about them and what drives them as people, what they are passionate about. I believe we can get to know God on the same level. We just have to listen.

Almighty, may you open not only our ears to hear your proclamation, may you also open our hearts, mind, and soul to experience your unending grace. This Advent season may we enter into a deeper relationship with you. AMEN

By Alex Steward

I am a husband, father, and pastor within the ELCA. I did not grow up in the church and thus come at this pastoring thing with an unique perspective.

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