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December 19, 2013

Advent Devotion - Thursday, December 19

Reflection and Prayer by Ginny Horne (college Freshman)

Zephaniah 3:14-20

1. What is the difference between fearing God and other types of fear?

2. Why is it hard to trust God with our fear?

Reflection: Fearing God is about accepting and recognizing God’s majesty and being aware of God’s power and love in the world. Other fears come from the unknown. While God can have mysterious qualities, we have certainty of God’s love through our understanding of Jesus. It can be hard to trust God with our fear because there is always an element of the unknown, but we need to trust in what God has made known to us, like God’s love through Jesus.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to understand and respect your majesty and love. Help us to also recognize your love for us all through your son, Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray. 

The 2013 Advent Devotions were written by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) youth and their leaders at the 2013 Youth Triennium. Each day provides a lectionary-based Scripture passage, questions for reflection, and the students' responses.