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December 12, 2020 Advent Devotional

Scripture Reading: MARK 15:42-47

It may seem odd to read an account of Jesus’ death even as we prepare for his birth. And yet, there are times in our lives when our greatest fears are realized and it feels as if God is absent. Joseph of Arimathea was waiting for the kingdom of God, and despite Jesus’ death he took courage and asked Pilate for Jesus’ body. Where do you need to take courage and speak or act as you wait and look for God’s kingdom?

Prayer: God of grace and glory, sometimes we look for you and cannot find you. You tell us that if we knock, the door will be opened to us, and if we seek we will find. Yet, some days we pound on the door and it remains locked. Grant us courage, especially in those times and circumstances when our waiting for you feels as if it is in vain. Help us to do the next right thing in your name, despite our doubts and pain. Amen.

- Jill Duffield © 2020 Presbyterian Outlook

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