12-5 Advent Devotional


Jo Mead

Ezra 1:1-11

Nehemiah 9:1-3, 4-8

     What does it mean to go home? And who gets to go home? The Folger’s coffee commercials for the holidays can always bring me to tears. Someone travels all night to get home to the family for the holiday. Tears are shed as the family realizes they are together once more.

But what does it mean to each of us to think about going home/finding home? Have we made lives and found community in the place that once was new and unknown? What does it mean to leave your place of exile which has become home? How was it that this place that once was strange is now comfortable?

My prayer is that you know your home. Your community has claimed you as well as you claiming it. There are people surrounding you to help you make your way in the world. That even King Cyrus will come to help you on your journey by giving you that which were always yours to claim. It is unexpected that even the King lends a hand to restore rightful ownership. And yet, he hands you the treasures you seek this season: hope, love, joy and peace.

In this season of waiting my hope is that you carry with you the silver and gold of belonging. And that you know your place in the kingdom of love.


Jo Mead is a pastor in Wichita, Kansas. She loves to laugh and find fun.

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