Advent 2018 – Day 10

Back again? I’m so grateful that in the hustle and bustle of the season, you have chosen to spend a few moments here reading about God’s “I WILL” promises.

An earlier Advent devotional in this series mentioned my friend Fred who lost his wife just a few weeks ago. Fred is grieving as we near Christmas. He does not look forward to being “home for the holidays” because home without his wife is no longer the same. After 62 years of marriage, Fred does not want to be alone to face his first Christmas without his life companion.

In this world, we cannot hold on to any person forever. Sooner or later, we must bid our spouses and friends goodbye. We mourn. Tears fall. But God promises us a Comforter, one who will remain by our side eternally. In John 14: 15, Jesus’ disciples were sad as they heard Jesus was about to leave them. Their Master assured them that he would return: “I will ask the Father, and he will send you a Comforter who will never leave you.” Then he added, “No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.”

When we trust in Christ, we need never fear being alone again. Do you know someone who is going to pass the day all by himself this Christmas? Is there room at your “inn”? Why not invite them to join you at your table?

PS: Have you been enjoying these thoughts on God’s “I WILL” promises? Would you take a minute and shoot me an e-mail to tell me which of the Advent devotionals has touched you most? Or do you have a favorite “I WILL” promise I haven’t mentioned yet? Share it with me!

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