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Advent Devotional 12-10-21

Good morning!  Today’s devotional comes to us from Dr. Zoranna Jones.  Zoranna serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Success & Community Engagement in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.  Many of you know Zoranna as she is a beloved member of the TCU community, and you are no doubt familiar with her great work on this campus.  I always appreciate her sense of humor, disarming personality, and her ability to always be her true and authentic self.  As we conclude this week of PEACE during Advent I have no doubt her words for us will be a source of comfort and peace for you today.  Blessings on your day and the weekend ahead…



Corinthians 13:11

 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.


Throughout this Advent season, I find myself truly reflecting on the power of Peace, within ourselves and with others. During these most challenging days and times, we are facing many trials: a global pandemic, poverty, war and injustice.  Just having a relationship with God can allow us to find the peace we seek. I am most at peace when I turn my thoughts and worries over to God, for his love truly brings me comfort.

I love this season as it allows me time to reflect on the year and renew my thoughts and spirit as it reminds me of the awesomeness of God. God is our creator, our protector, our light in darkness, our joy in times of sorrow and uncertainty, and our savior. Knowing God is all of these things, brings me peace.

I admit that in my day-to-day life, I am what you call a worrier. I literally worry about everyone and everything. For those of you who are worriers like me, finding peace in tumultuous times is a must needed respite for the weary. I value those quiet times of reflection and prayer, which brings me closer to my God, who in turn gives me peace. God delivers me from my stress and worry and reassures me that I must have faith in him, for he alone will carry my burdens.

During this season, we must truly rejoice, encourage one another, be of one mind and live in peace, as our lord God is with us. Advent season not only reminds us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men,” but we must also remember the true meaning of the miracle birth of Jesus.

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, I come in prayer today with humble thanks. Thank you for all you have been and continue to be in our lives. Thank you for loving us, even when we may feel we are undeserving of love. Let us continue to look to you and your wisdom during times of distress, for you provide us comfort and peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


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