Advent Devotion – December 17 – David Howell
. . . because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Scripture: Isaiah 53:4-12
This reading tells of the Suffering Servant, a story which foretells the coming of Christ. The servant leads a life of suffering—despised and rejected. But at his death he receives his reward in Heaven. Similarly, the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross gives us redemption and the gift of God’s grace that we enjoy now.
Now as servants we have the opportunity to serve in many ways to celebrate the gift of grace. From being a friend, doing local volunteer work, or doing mission work in other countries, the choice of service is ours.
On a personal level, I have worked with Living Waters for the World and Solar Under the Sun, two mission projects of the PC(USA). Providing clean drinking water so children can grow up strong and healthy and providing electricity from solar panels for schools, clinics, community centers, and individual homes are two service opportunities with many possibilities. It is a joy to work with people from many backgrounds. The greatest joy for me is getting to meet and know the people, especially the children, in the international communities where we work. Through teaching in the Living Waters and Solar training schools, I have made friends with fellow instructors and former students and followed their trips with interest.
Core idea: Being a servant requires putting your faith into action.
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