Advent 2021 – Day 9

Are guests visiting for your holiday celebration? Take a moment before they arrive to read a brief Advent devotional so you will truly be prepared!

What steps do you take to get ready for guests? Planning a menu and setting the table. Making up guest beds, laying out towels, perhaps even putting a chocolate on the pillow. For my part, I always scrubbed, dusted, and tidied the house. My husband laughed and said we should invite guests to come more often!

In the same way, farmers work to prepare their soil before planting seeds. They know that putting in fertilizer and tilling the ground makes the seeds feel welcome and nurtured.

Hosea 10:12 says, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.”

Is there a lesson in that verse for us as we prepare our hearts for Christmas? Do we need to break up old clods of dirt, loosening the grip that sinful habits have on us? Then let us sow the righteousness of God’s Word in our hearts. As we prepare in this way, God can bless us richly.

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