Daily Advent Devotional - 12/12

Author: Elizabeth Padgett
December 12, 2017

Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door is opened. Who among you will give your children a stone when they ask for bread? Or give them a snake when they ask for fish? If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.

Ever since I was called to be an Elder at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD in 1994, I have tried to live a "Christ Like" life. It is a challenging call and journey, but with God's help, I attempt the goal daily. My favorite scripture is Matthew 7: 7-11 "Ask, Search, Knock". In my teaching, in my Christian Education Ministry, and in my family life's journey; the scripture has helped me tremendously. The surprise and joy came when God answered my prayers and supported me when my husband and I were sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. I didn't expect God to be with me all the time, especially when having fun. In the 28 years of sailing we were in 2 very bad storms. In 1 storm at night the rain was coming down sideways because the wind was blowing so hard. During the storm, I was grateful for God's presence - the surprise was feeling the Holy Spirit inside the boat. Needless to say, I was glad I remembered the lessons from the sailing classes we took and we "weathered the storm."

Gracious God thank you for your presence in our lives no matter where we find ourselves. Help us to ask, search and knock for the joy this Advent Season. Help us to know your will for our lives. God we are most grateful for the birth of your son, Jesus. Amen.


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