Advent Devotion for December 4, 2019

O Adonai

O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the Law on Sinai: Come with an outstretched arm and redeem us.

Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15–20

It is the darkest nights wherein lights are most clearly seen. The darkest rooms are enlightened by the most dim flame. The Light of the World is coming, and the world is dark—and so are you. Yet, the Light is coming, and you shall see Him as He is—a bush burning, yet not consumed; stone tablets with words engraved on them, broken words and intact stones. Here you are, a person darkened by sin. Such is your darkened state, yet He who is the Light fears not the darkness of death, for He has overcome it. He shines in your darkness, and not even your sin nor death can bind the light.

Prayer: Most merciful God, enlighten us by Your Word, and preserve us by Your Sacraments until that day when we stand in Your Light unhindered by sin and death. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Hymn LSB 888:1
O gladsome Light, O Grace
Of God the Father’s face,
Eternal splendor wearing:
Celestial, holy, blest,
Our Savior Jesus Christ,
Joyful in Thine appearing!

(Nathan Wille, Sem IV)