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Advent Devotionals


(Listen to the introduction.)

“. . . how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,  and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

The English word Advent is derived from the Latin adventus, meaning “arrival” or “appearance.” In Christianity, Advent refers to a season of time beginning four Sundays before Christmas and concluding on Christmas Day. We celebrate Advent by choosing to inhabit this season with intentional practices that remind us that we are watching and waiting for the return of our Messiah. Advent is both a look forward with hope and expectation for the One we love and a remembrance of his first coming as a babe in a manger.

This Advent season twenty-five members of our community have agreed to participate in a gift exchange of meaningful and beautiful reflections they have written related to Advent.  It is my hope that you, along with friends or family, may choose to listen or read these each day. It is my prayer that they will help to prepare your heart for the celebration of our Messiah, and remind you that in your longing you are not alone. You are part of Fountain of Life Covenant Church - a community waiting and watching with you for God’s Son from heaven.

Thankful to be waiting and watching with you,
Pastor Kim

December 21

From birth, I was a USC fan. As a small child I remember praying to the God of all creation for a first down or 3rd-down stop. Back then, USC was always good enough... Read more

December 22

Former President Obama had written a book called, The Audacity of Hope. What a shame that an attitude of despair has been spreading ever since! But, we as Children of God... Read more 

December 23

When Jesus was born two thousands years ago, the world was well underway. He was born into the middle of history. Tectonic plates had shifted, animals had gone extinct... Read more

December 24

Our reflection today is the Sunday sermon Please listen here.

December 25

Good morning, Christmas! Good morning and welcome, Christ child born to Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem! The season of waiting has ended and the King of kings, the Lord of Lords, has come.... Read more

Read Previous Devotionals

November 27

I have always struggled with "vocation" as it applied to what I was doing with my life. I was raised with the idea that if I tried hard enough, anything was possible... Read more

November 28

My Chronicles of Narnia fanhood started budding in elementary school, after an enchanting film version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe... Read more

November 29

There is a lot of darkness in this world: war, poverty, disease, family brokenness, and so much more. Darkness touches us all.  My young son... Read more

November 30

As I thought about this text I was reminded of how the Light came to me. God has brought men into my life that witnessed to me through their actions and their character... Read more

December 1

While at work on a Wednesday morning and out of habit, I checked my emails. It’s always either junk mail or an invoice of some bill that was paid automatically...Read more

December 2

Remnant, light that is not seen, and Jesus’ prayer of “Not my will, but yours be done” are concepts that God placed on my heart to wrestle through.... Read more

December 3

Our reflection today is the Sunday sermon by Gaby Schmidt. Please listen here.

December 4

How soon is too soon for Christmas ads? Apparently, the answer is Halloween. Because the day after, the halls of Target were decked in Christmas cheer... Read more

December 5

In this season of Advent, looking for peace in this world of chaos can be difficult. While Jesus is predicting his death to a crowd, He offers his advice, to seek out the light... Read more

December 6

I love the word linger. To me it feels wistful, like you simply have to take a romantic pause to spend more time with something. One of my favorite things from this year... Read more

December 7

When I read this passage, I am struck by the word “covered." I am originally from the East Coast, and as we approach the holiday season, I have fond memories...  Read more

December 8

Beginning at Alpine this past summer I began to notice the commandment to “fear the Lord” in many of the passages I was reading and I began to wonder what it meant... Read more

December 9

The words of this song from my youth immediately came to my mind as I reflected on Psalm 34 and the accompanying lines from C. S. Lewis... Read morePlease listen here

December 10

Our reflection today is the Sunday sermon. Please listen here.

December 11

Despite the worries that our lives may be full of, God is in the midst of it all and He offers
unexpected joy. Throughout middle school, and especially during COVID...  Read more

December 12

We were already anxious new parents when Stephanie and I had to bring our newborn Ella to the Children’s Hospital. I had just watched this tiny human experience... Read more

December 13

In Psalm 36, David was on the run, with the threat of death hot on his heels. Yet, in the midst of evading his pursuers, he took the time to reflect upon the goodness ... Read more

December 14

Sometimes during difficult or dry spiritual seasons in our lives, it can be challenging doing things we as Christians know we need to do for our spiritual well-being... Read more

December 15

Fatherhood has brought tremendous joy while at the same time stretching me in new ways thanks to less sleep and new responsibilities. Sometimes I can live in the tension... Read more

December 16

Nestled high in the wilderness upon a leaning branch sat Bruno, a 22 year old chimpanzee. As he ate an orange, he looked out upon the sanctuary of chimpanzees... Read more

December 17

Our reflection today is the Sunday sermon. Please listen here.

December 18

Psalm 117 is a short and powerful reminder of God's enduring love and faithfulness. Coming out of COVID for me was a very difficult time for finding where I fit in... Read more

December 19

Normally, when reading Psalms speaking of Israel’s distress and the contempt of the proud, it’s from an external source. It’s the Egyptians or Babylonians afflicting... Read more

December 20

To experience the highs that joy can bring I think you must also know and experience sorrow. 2009 began a rough year for my husband Marcos and I... Read more