December 3rd Advent Devotional

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Chris Deacon

Jeremiah 52:27b-30

“I’ll be home for Christmas, you can plan on me, please have snow and mistletoe, and presents on the tree.”  I admit it, I have been listening to Christmas music since a week before Thanksgiving.  “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” extols the virtues of being home, especially during the holidays.  It ends on a melancholy note that is often overlooked.  “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.”  This note is reminiscing of the Babylonian exile, recounted in today’s reading, when the Jewish people could only dream of home.

The prophet, Jeremiah, recounts the exile of Judah.  He recounts how over twenty-three years, Babylon systematically removed over four thousand people from their homes and imprisoned them in a foreign land.  Most of them would never see their homes again.  The few who did, wouldn’t recognize what it had become.

Yet, God does not leave them in captivity.  God promised the one who eventually came and set them free from captivity.  God promised the one who would allow them to flee exile and return home.

God makes the same promise to us.  God promises the Messiah who came and who will come again.  When Christ comes again, we will be freed from captivity.  We will no longer be held captive to the bonds of sin, the bonds of racism, the bonds of pain and suffering, the bonds of oppression.  Then we will be in the home that the God who created all that we see and all that we can’t see.

 

Holy God, we wait patiently for the return of your Son.  As we wait, help us to be the body of Christ and do the work of Christ.  Help us to work with one another to further your Kingdom here on Earth until the day when Christ comes again.  Amen.

Rev. Chris Deacon is the pastor of the United Parish of Bowie, a joint UCC/PC(USA) congregation in Bowie, MD.  He is also the author or “Louder than Words.”

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