2020 Advent Devotionals Look Forward

Posted by on Nov 10, 2020 in FEATURED, Godprints | 0 comments

Forward. That’s been an unusual word in 2020.  During the pandemic, we tend to look backward; backward to the times when we could eat in a restaurant (inside!), hug a friend, or enter a store without a mask.  But Advent calls us to look forward.  Not simply to the date when we have to finish our shopping, but to the day, and to the daily moments, where we are in communion with God.  The Good Shepherd is guiding us through this journey.  The goal isn’t the end of the journey, but the the rewards of the journey come in the continuous joys of a daily relationship with Jesus. 

In what has become an annual tradition, members from churches across (and outside) our area have shared parts of their own journeys and put them into a devotional booklet for Advent.  For the next 27 days, these devotionals give us an opportunity walk beside a brother or sister in Christ and to share in the Joy and Wonder of this season as we journey with them.

 

Daily Devotions for Advent 2020

The devotional is presented in PDF format. Instead of presenting the entire booklet in one file (and forcing you to scroll through the whole thing to find the current date’s article), the booklet is broken up into separate week-by-week files.

To read the article for any given date, scroll down to the week you want and click on the button.  All of the files begin with Sunday and run through Saturday of the indicated week (except for week 4, which ends on Friday- Christmas Day).

 


First Week in Advent

(Sunday November 29 through Saturday December 5)

Week 1

 

Second Week in Advent

(Sunday December 6 through Saturday December 12)

Week 2

 

Third Week in Advent

(Sunday December 13 through Saturday December 19)

Week 3

 

Fourth Week in Advent

(Sunday December 20 through Friday December 25)

Week 4

 

Looking Forward…

It is hoped that these devotionals will help you to look past the current situation of a pandemic, and to look Forward to the blessings that are promised when we have a relationship with Jesus.

Like Mary and Joseph, we are on a journey.  Mary and Joseph’s journey didn’t end in Bethlehem; it only began a process of caring for their child and growing closer to God’s Son.  Our journey doesn’t end at the other end of this pandemic.  Instead, our true journey is one which constantly “conforms us into the image of God’s Son” (Romans 8:29).

Rev. Michael Smith (pastor of the Trinity UMC in Mullica Hill NJ), set the tone for this journey in the booklet’s preface…

Advent is a special season. Beyond the carols, traditions, and decorations that surround us, this is a time when we remember the beginning. Even though Christ was, is, and shall forever be, the season of Advent marks a beginning for us as believers. In fact, the season of Advent is the beginning of the church’s liturgical year.

I feel as if we all need a new beginning. Much this past year has left us confused and frustrated, with an overall longing for God to come and set things right. This is what Advent will do for us; it invites us to prepare again to receive Jesus in the manger, but it also points us to the promise and hope of God’s return and reign.

I have always appreciated the seasons of the church that help to prepare us in this powerful story of God. If we are not careful, we could miss the true meaning of the story of Christmas. Advent gives us the opportunity to take some time to reflect, prepare, and give voice to our hope.

After all, wouldn’t it be good to receive some good news?

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” ~ LUKE 2:8-12 (NIV)

The story of Jesus is good news of great joy for all people. God has something good for you this Advent. It is our hope that in this devotional book, the message of each writer will sound almost like an angelic voice proclaiming the wonderful good news. These messengers (writers) share from their personal lives and their hearts.

May you receive joy in this journey. As you begin something new this Advent, rejoice!

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Michael P. Smith

(Sr. Pastor, Trinity UMC- Mullica Hill)

 

Looking Across…

Christians from across the country joined together to produce this Daily Devotional. The booklets were published in hardcopy form and distributed within the participating churches.  During this season of Covid, many of us aren’t going into our church buildings, and the distribution of physical copies will be more difficult this year.  So the electronic copies of the devotions are presented here.   Use the devotionals “on the go” and  share them with others who don’t have access to the printed booklets.  Click one of the social media “share” buttons at the bottom of this post and share the link  with your “friends” or “followers.”

If you want a printed copy, visit or contact one of the participating churches (“UMC” stands for “United Methodist Church”):

Contributions were also made by members of:

 

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For other daily devotionals , visit our Devotionals Page:  Daily Devotionals

 

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