day 1: creation

AN INTRODUCTION TO THIS 25 DAY SERIES:

A friend on my intern team suggested we do advent readings, a tradition of preparing people’s hearts for the Christ in Christmas. So, I thought I would record the passages as well as some brief meditations for the next 25 days (well 22 now), and hope others will join in as well (feel free to share your thoughts and reflections!)…that we would really take in the undeserved gift of His life.

THE READINGS FOR DAY 1:

1: Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3

A VERSE SELECTED FROM EACH:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
-Genesis 1:1 (all verse references from ESV in this series, unless otherwise stated)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
-John 1:1

SOME THOUGHTS:

It is so easy to lose sight of the beginning in the midst of the now…that there was something/someone of significance that preceded us…that it’s not all about us. It’s a fact we can’t escape but one that we forget routinely.  He made EVERYTHING. He precedes everything. There is nothing too big for Him or beyond Him.  He is the creator, the originator…the source of all.  He is the ultimate authority.  With a word He spoke and it was.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION/APPLICATION:

Do I live my daily life in the understanding that He precedes all things and has ultimate control of all things?  Do I believe His Word has the authority over heaven and earth?

BREATH PRAYER (a very short prayer we can say through out the day):

(breathe in) thank you Lord (breathe out) that you are Creator…that you are before all things.

***for reference here are the passages for all 25 days till Christmas.

1: Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3
2: Genesis 3; Matthew 1:21
3: Genesis 12:1-3; 2 Samuel 7:1-17; Matthew 1:1-17
4: Genesis 22:1-14; John 1:29-37
5: Isaiah 7:10-17; Matthew 1:22-25
6: Micah 5:1-5; Matthew 2:13-15
7: Hosea 11:1-12; Matthew 2:13-15
8: Jeremiah 31:15-34; Matthew 2:16-23
9: 1 Samuel 2:1-10; Psalm 18:2; Luke 1:67-69
10: Psalm 106:1-12; Luke 1:70-75
11: Isaiah 63:8-9; Luke 2:1-20
12: Isaiah 42:1-8, 49:1-6; Luke 2:25-32
13: Isaiah 9:1-7; John 1:4-5
14: Isaiah 11:1-9; John 1:14; John 8:12
15: Exodus 40:34-38; 2 Chronicles 7:1-3; John 1:14
16: Isaiah 40:10-11; Ezekiel 34:23-24; John 10:11-18
17: Zechariah 3:8, 6:12-13; John 15:1-8
18: John 1:18; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:1-4
19: Philippians 2:5-11
20: Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4; 1 John 3:8
21: Genesis 12:3; Galatians 3:16
22: Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 1:1; Revelation 22:16-21
23: Psalm 72:10-15; Matthew 2:1-11
24: Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 1:79
25: Psalm 24:7-10; Luke 2:1-14

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