Fling Wide the Door – Advent Devotion – Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day

Fling Wide the Door – Advent Devotion – Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day

“Fling Wide the Door” (ELW 259)

God has chosen to engage and work with imperfect and average people to do new things in history. This is what Christmas is all about. Jesus was not born to perfect parents. Nor was he born in a vacuum. The message of his birth came through angelic phenomenon in the sky to the shepherds who then spread the word among their friends and neighbors. In other words, we are involved in God’s incarnate presence on earth. God is out and about, moving among us right this very minute.

God is flinging open the doors of a new future for us. Will we step in? But this new thing is not just for humanity. It is for the trees and birds and fish and seas, too. Christmas is not just for humans. It is the breaking in of God’s new thing for all of creation.

Dear Lord, help us to change the way we live in America. Help us pivot away from the way we burn Earth’s fossil fuels, consume too much, and take up space that we don’t really need. Help us to see that your incarnation in Jesus Christ is not just for us, but for all of your beloved earthly creatures. In your Holy Spirit we pray. Amen

Devotion Reproduced from 2022 Advent Devotional | Luther Seminary | Fling Wide the Door 

Contributing Writers
Dawn Alitz ’09 Ph.D.
Director of Coaching and Events
Amy Marga
Professor of Systematic Theology
Jessi LeClear Vachta ’14 M.A.
Director of Enrollment Services

Theological Editor
James L. Boyce ’71 M.Div.
Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek 

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Bethany Riethmeier
Donor Engagement Coordinator

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Fling Wide the Door – Advent Devotion – Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve

Fling Wide the Door – Advent Devotion – Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve

Luke 2:1-20

Although so much of the Christmas story is focused on the sweet, domestic scene of Jesus with his two parents, there is no singular model of “family,” either in modernity or in the Bible. God has not restricted God’s appearance on earth to a two-parent-one- child nuclear family. Instead, God, in God’s eternal and all-knowing, all-good, divine reasoning has given us many natural signs of the Incarnation through a range of human relationships, and through non-human beings. It was the shepherds who first experienced this. They experienced God’s incarnation through the angels. Whatever you believe—or don’t believe—about angels, God employed these non-human creatures to show the shepherds that God was doing a new thing in history, right then and there. The shepherds deserve credit for their bravery in taking a chance based on what they heard from the angels and for heading towards the manger where the infant Christ lay.

Without them, would we know our savior today?

Dear God, thank you, that in your infinite wisdom, you brought the unlikely crew of shepherds to be some of the first human witnesses of the infant Christ. You remind us that your Word is everywhere among the human and non-human family of your creatures, working in its saving and mysterious ways. In your Holy Spirit we pray. Amen.

Devotion Reproduced from 2022 Advent Devotional | Luther Seminary | Fling Wide the Door 

Contributing Writers
Dawn Alitz ’09 Ph.D.
Director of Coaching and Events
Amy Marga
Professor of Systematic Theology
Jessi LeClear Vachta ’14 M.A.
Director of Enrollment Services

Theological Editor
James L. Boyce ’71 M.Div.
Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek 

Editorial Coordinator
Bethany Riethmeier
Donor Engagement Coordinator

Luther Seminary
2481 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-641-3456
luthersem.edu
 

You can download the God Pause – Advent Devotional 2022—”Fling Wide the Door” in it’s entirety here: 

https://sttimothylutheran.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Luther-Seminary-Advent-Devotional-Fling-Wide.pdf

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