“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” -1 Peter 5:10
Advent, the word that we use for the season, means the arrival. It is also the root word for adventure–meaning the story’s about to get good. During this season, we want to be anticipating and wondering. However, for some of us, Advent is more like a season of darkness: depression, suicides, break-ups, and arguments. We may be in despair, feeling like our darkness and challenges will last forever. But if we have Christ Jesus, we have a fantastic future. We are so lucky to serve a God who takes death and makes it life. What was destroyed will be restored. He takes loss and he makes it gain. For those who have faith, God uses your suffering to bring new life: not only to you, but to others. Don’t give up your miracle, and don’t give up your tomorrow. God will restore what’s lacking. He’ll restore your purity, family, relationships, career, and health. He’ll restore all these things–but you must have faith. Have faith this advent season, and let God restore you.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for Advent: a time to excitedly anticipate the birth of our savior. In the midst of the darkness that life may bring during this time, restore us. May we rest in the knowledge that our faith in you will restore our souls.
REFLECTION: What does the Christmas season mean to you? Are you joyful or do you find yourself rushed and stressed? What can you do this year to really think about and appreciate God’s great gift?