Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 16, 2012
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 16, 2012
Today is the First Sunday in Advent. Have you gotten
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As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed. Thank you
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Keep looking up
Jesus taught, "Be on guard so that your hearts are
not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness
and the worries of this life, and that day does not
catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will
come upon all who live on the face of the whole
Each season of Advent is a reminder for Christians
to wake up spiritually and be alert for the Second
Coming of Christ. The Bible tells us that some day
he will return to earth. Dramatic and terrifying
signs, as some believe, will mark the end times.
Everyone will see these signs. The sun, moon,
stars, and tides will be deeply affected. The
world will be convulsed. There will be worldwide
political, social, and physical upheavals. There
will be much terror, anguish, and dismay. Heaven
will shake and we are told that fire will destroy
the earth. Jesus' return will be marked with power,
glory, brilliance, majesty, holiness, and love.
The Christian can respond to these events with joy
and courage. We are to stand up and lift our heads
high. Jesus will return for us. Until that day,
we are to guard our heart with God's values of
holiness and godliness. We are to live honorably,
without carousing, drunkenness, and debauchery,
while avoiding jealousy and fighting. The Bible
reminds us to constantly be on our guard and give
our anxieties and worries to God.
When this Second Advent occurs, we need to pray for
exceptional strength and endurance for our loved ones
and ourselves. So live in a state of daily readiness.
The babe in a manger will someday return in power and
Will we be ready and waiting for him? My beloved
grandmother had a favorite saying. She would often
say, "Keep looking up. Jesus is coming. Maybe even
Help us be ready and live alertly for that day, dear
Grace and peace,
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