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December 24, 2013

Advent Devotion - Tuesday, December 24

Reflection and Prayer by Mary Buchele (11th grade)

Psalm 94:4-11

1. In this Psalm, what are the attitudes and behaviors that offend

God?

2. What arrogance or ignorance is God calling us to grow out of?

Reflection: “They won’t see us.” “They don’t care.” “We won’t get caught.” All too often, those are the words whispered before breaking the rules. But all too often, the wrongdoers are caught and their act is exposed. This reaction is common when breaking God’s rules. We as humans are sure that God won’t see what we’ve done. But as the Psalmist says, “He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see?” God sees our rule breaking and calls us to grow from children of the world to children of Christ.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to understand that you truly see and hear everything. Help me to grow out of this immaturity and become a better disciple. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

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.