December 7 Advent Devotion – The Elf on the Shelf?

Christmas Under Construction – Devotions for your Advent Season

2 Peter 3:13

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

As we focus on hope in the season of Advent it is hard not to think of the wonder of children. On the secular side we seem to have it figured out. A song has been telling us for a while, “You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout” to give children the  incentive needed to be good in the period prior to Santa’s anticipated visit. The newest use of an elf on a shelf to keep an  eye out for the naughty and nice seems to be effective. I have seen some pretty clever ways the elves keep themselves busy while  watching and waiting.

What are we doing while we watch and wait in the Advent season? Our hope is truly under construction at the Kirk. As demolition,  grading, and ultimately building begins, we all hope and dream about the promise of new space and the continued ministry that will take place there. Are we ready to fulfill our commitment to use that space to serve our Lord and be his hands and feet in our community? No doubt, God is watching and waiting to see.

As Christians it is important we focus on the hope our faith provides. It is our call to make sure we teach our children during Advent and all seasons of the year that we are to live lives pleasing to God. He has given us grace but also the hope of great things to come from what is new to us. Are we always looking for the best way to use new relationships, new buildings, and new gifts to glorify God? And just where is God’s promise when we need a reminder of our call?

It is in the Bible… on the shelf.

God, we thank you for the promises you have made. Thank you for all that is new around us that we may see and be reminded of all of the hope your love brings. Amen.

Stacy Taylor