December 10th Advent Devotional

Celebrate Deliverance

Sandy Safford

Esther 9:24-28

 This is the story of the very first Jewish Feast of Purim, from this day forward this became a custom that the Jews and their descendants would observe for two days every year. This was a time of remembering “and these days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jews—nor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants.” (Esther 9:28 NIV)

The Feast of Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction during the days of God’s people being in captivity by the Persians. The celebration includes reading the Book or scroll of Esther as a reminder of their deliverance or being saved by God. In Advent we are also waiting for the deliverance of God’s people through the promise of the Messiah, who would save the world. The two day celebration of Purim includes fasting, charity or good deeds are shared and gifts of food are exchanged and a festive meal is eaten.

In this Second week of Advent how might you celebrate or share with others your thanksgiving for the coming, the delivering of Jesus Christ the Messiah, God’s promise of a Savior to be born to deliver the people of God?

 

Dear God, help me wait for the coming of the Christ child by giving and sharing with others. Amen.

 Sandy Safford is commissioned as the Lay Pastor of Byers Community Church, a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Byers, on the Eastern plains of Colorado.

©2018 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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