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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” (MATTHEW 7:24-27)

Winter is coming. The strong winds of winter will soon be rattling the widows of our homes. I know that at our home we have already done all the winterizing to keep as much of the cold out as possible. 


I know there is much more I could do to make my house more energy efficient. I need to replace a few windows, and I could also replace at least one door. All of these items are on my to-do list, and I hope that this is the summer when I can really dig into this list and make some improvements. I know these improvements will cost me a few dollars, but in the long run they will also decrease my energy bills and increase the value of my house.   It will take time to make these improvements, but that is also time well spent.


When I read today’s scripture I think of my own house and the improvements I should make. At the same time I think of my spiritual life and the improvements I could make there. Much like my house, these improvements are really an investment and time well spent.


This advent season let’s look at our to-do lists and determine what is essential to make our spiritual life ready for Christmas. Can we invest just a little more time in preparation?   What is one thing on the list that is the perfect winter improvement?


this advent You come to us as we prepare for your Christmas coming.

Help us to recognize Your face in those around us

and prepare our hearts to keep out the cold. Amen.

Daryl Thuringer
Vice President Marketing and Public Relations, Avera

ISAIAH 26:1-6 • PSALM 118:1 AND 8-9, 19-21, 25-27A • MATTHEW 7:21, 24-27

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