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God Knows. . . by Abby Bland

An Advent Devotion
The Canticles of Christmas
Week One: Ave Maria

Friday, December 8

Jeremiah 1:4-10

 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” (Jeremiah 1:5a)

God has a beyond intimate knowledge of God’s creation. God knows why I’m anxious before I do, God knows the unhealthy habits and tricks I use to cope. God knows the ways those habits affect my relationships and my health. I can be a real mess sometimes.

Yet, God loves me. To prove this, God became a human who died and rose again, though we’re not to that part of the story yet. Advent reminds us to pace ourselves and not jump to the redemption. For me, this year particularly, Advent is a time to reflect on why Jesus had to come in the first place.

I gave my life to Jesus during Advent almost eight years ago. I gave, and continually give, my life to Jesus because of his deep commitment to humanity. When my faith is weak, the only way the gospel retains any power is by retelling the story, and remembering Jesus’ commitment. Jesus died for me because I am worth dying for, but also because I needed someone to die for me. You cannot have one without the other. God knew that humanity couldn’t orchestrate our own redemption, so God came down to point us back to the Way from which we’ve wandered.

Advent renews God’s call. God calls each of us, just like Jeremiah. God tells Jeremiah not to be afraid, for God will rescue him. Notice, God does not promise nothing bad will happen. God promises rescue, and then promptly tells Jeremiah that he is to uproot, destroy, and overthrow. There are systems in our world that need to be overthrown because of their overt oppression of the marginalized. When Gabriel greets Mary many years later, he tells Mary not to be afraid and that Jesus’ kingdom will be established forever. These days, I find myself asking: what kind of kingdom did Jesus come to establish? How can we make the world around us reflect that kind of a kingdom?

by Abby Bland

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