Unprecedented: the word used most frequently in describing 2020. A global pandemic shut down entire nations, natural disasters and threats of war led to displaced peoples, and tensions over political, ethnic and racial injustice sparked protests in communities around the world.
The tension of Advent mirrors so much of our current days. We rejoice in Jesus’ humble arrival two thousand years ago, yet long so deeply for the fullness of Christ to be made manifest in our hearts and in our world. How long, O Lord, must we wait for your return?
We invite you to join us this Advent season to both celebrate and lament this already and the not yet season in which we find ourselves. John the Baptist was sent ahead to pave the way for the coming of Christ. Mark 1 says of John: “He’ll make the road smooth for you. Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight!” (Mark 1:2-3 MSG)
This devotional serves as our thunder in the desert: a shout in the wilderness for all to hear. We desire to help you prepare for Christmas as you create space for God to enter your heart this Advent season. We also hope to introduce you to, or remind you of, our deep love and commitment to the frontier: the 2+ billion people worldwide who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and the hope, peace, joy and love He brings.