Advent Devotional - December 18

December 28, 2021

Luke 18:35-43

Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.”


Just like a blind man I wandered along, worries and fears I claimed for my own as my crew of seasoned hikers, realized the stream had run dry, and that dehydration was setting in. No one for miles to save us but the howling wind and the desert sand it picked up. The sun in cremation valley, beating down on us. Settling the roar of our stomachs a much simpler problem to solve first, so we each reached into our packs and pulled out all our food items.

“Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight. Praise the Lord I saw the light.”

One of my crewmates, unknown to them and the rest of us, had 9 pounds of tangerines buried beneath their clothes. We jumped for joy as we ate tangerine on tangerine, the sweet hydrating nectar of God dripping from our relieved faces. Our homemade Tropicana gave us the energy to make it the next five miles to the roaring rapids of the Colorado river till we could get water again.

 “I saw the light. I saw the light! No more darkness, no more night! Now I’m so happy, no sorrow in sight. Praise the Lord, I saw the light!”



Lord, help us remember that we are unable to see what road God is leading us or if he is even listening. God is always listening and while he might not give you exactly what you want, he will always give you what you need. 



Jeremy Demerest is a Young Adult Volunteer serving homeless communities in Atlanta, Georgia.



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