Thursday, December 10, 2020
God's Dominion in our lives
An excerpt from Philippians 3:7-11 (NRSV)
For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.
Reflection from Kirstie Felland:
It’s easy to think I’m in a good relationship with God, assured of salvation because of who I am and what I do. But this passage reminds me that because Christ died for my sins, I am already forgiven and claimed as Christ’s own through my baptism.
Beethoven once said, “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” We will all make mistakes, but we can still be passionate about proclaiming the Gospel.
For further study and prayer, the readings assigned for today are:
Psalm 126; Habakkuk 2:1-5; Philippians 3:7-11
“Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort”
Folk song, arr. Mack Wilberg
“Death shall not destroy my comfort,
Christ shall guide me through the gloom;
Down he’ll send some heavenly convoy
to escort my spirit home.
Jordan’s stream shall not o’erflow me
while my Savior’s by my side;
Canaan, Canaan lies before me!
Soon I’ll cross the swelling tide.”
Tags: Advent & Christmas