Use this devo as you are able, in whole or in part. Don’t feel compelled to read it all. Simply read and meditate upon whatever catches your attention. The goal is enjoying time with God through His Word and in prayer. Questions about the devotional elements?

Call to Prayer

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Ps. 100:1-2)

Scripture Reading

Readings: Psalm 100 + Luke 2:15-20

Read the passages above.
Then spend a moment in quiet stillness before God.
(Click on the link to read each of the passages, or turn there in your Bible)

Once More We Wait…

The day of Jesus’ return is certain and coming, but—so far—it is not today. We find ourselves much like the Israelites long ago—waiting. Which begs the question: How then shall we wait?

Peter asks and answers this very question in his second letter. In love, he reminds his readers that, though the days seem long and weary in the waiting, God is not slow in keeping His promise. He assures them of the absolute reality of the appointed day when Jesus will return. And he then tells them exactly what kinds of lives they are to live in light of this coming day— lives of holiness, godliness, and hopeful expectation.

Peter’s exhortations are just as much for us today as they were for the believers he wrote to long ago. We too are living in the days of God’s patient mercy. We need to be reminded that really believing in and looking toward the reality of Jesus’ return changes the way we live. It reorients our hope and perspective. It creates a sense of urgency and sobriety, as well as giddy anticipation—just like a child who cannot wait for Christmas morning.

Let us, the people of God, be found ready in the waiting. As this Advent season comes to a close, take some time to reflect on how the reality of Jesus’ return affects the way you live. May your heart be full and your eyes bright as you hope all things in Christ and look to His coming. Take heart, beloved. It won’t be long.


Jesus, you are truly Immanuel, God with us. You share in this flesh and blood life, entering my ordinary circumstances, filling it with wonder, hope, and promise. So, like the shepherds, make me quick and ready to spread this good news to all. Amen. (prayer based on the Belgic Confession, Question 18).

*Prayer borrowed from Philip Reinders’ Seeking God’s Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year


“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.” (Luke 1:68)