By: Scott Armstrong
November 28, 2021 (1st Sunday of Advent)
Title: The Hope of the World.
Meditation: During the global pandemic, anxiety and loneliness are on the rise. The toll that COVID-19 has taken has proven to not just be physical, but mental, emotional, and social as well. Amid such desperation, we proclaim that there is hope. Jesus Christ is the hope of the world!
Verses for Reflection: Genesis 15:1-6; Isaiah 40:1-5; Romans 15:13; Colossians 1:24-27; 1 Peter 1:13.
December 5, 2021 (2nd Sunday of Advent)
Title: Prince of Peace.
Meditation: There is so much that divides us today. Social media and TV news pundits vehemently declare who is wrong and who is right. Is there a place for the peacemaker in all this polarization? More than ever! The Prince of Peace wants his children to be known as living embodiments of peace. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” –Nelson Mandela.
Verses for Reflection: Isaiah 9:2-7; 11:1-10; Luke 1:67-80; John 14:25-27; Philippians 4:6-7.
December 12, 2021 (3rd Sunday of Advent)
Title: Joyful News.
Meditation: Whether it is nowadays or in Bethlehem two millennia ago, the birth of a child is a festive occasion. New life! A new beginning! Add the fact that the newborn we receive at Christmas is the Savior of the world, and we just have to celebrate! “‘Don’t be afraid!’ the angel said. ‘I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem’” (Lk. 2:10-11, TLB).
Verses for Reflection: Psalm 16:9-11; 30:4-5; Luke 1:5-17, 39-45; 2:1-20; Philippians 4:4.
December 19, 2021 (4th Sunday of Advent)
Title: God Equals Love.
Meditation: God is love (1 Jn. 4:16). There is no part of God that is not love. There is no part of genuine, selfless love that is not God. If we were to use an equation, it would look like this: GOD = LOVE. And here, mere days before Christmas, we celebrate that God himself – Love itself – became flesh and made his residence among us. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son…” (1 Jn. 4:10).
Verses for Reflection: Psalm 89:1-4; Lamentations 3:19-26; John 3:16-17; 13:1-17, 34-35; 1 Corinthians 13.