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May you wait with hope during this time of Advent.

May you prepare with hope as you wait for the coming of Christ.

May you live with hope, knowing the transformation that Christ brings to each of us.

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Listen

You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.

Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.

Isaiah 64:5, 8-9

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Think

We aren't very good at waiting for help; we rush and try to do things on our own all the time. We are gifted and talented, after all. Why shouldn't we be able to do it on our own? Too often, it isn't until we have used all of our own resources that we finally give in and ask for help.

It is at this point that we sit there as the clay, waiting to be shaped on the potter's wheel, waiting to be shaped into the work of the potter’s own hand. As we wait, we hope that God forgives us for shunning God’s help and trying to do it all on our own.

During this season of Advent, let us wait to be shaped and transformed by the Son.

Jeremy Colliver

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Pray

God, it is our hope that you will form us and mold us into who you want us to be. May we wait expectantly as we remember your ability to transform us. Amen.

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Go

Go and be the hope of the world around you by being the hands and feet of Christ.

Jeremy Colliver

Jeremy Colliver is the Minister to Families with Youth at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, GA. He has two great kids, Molly and Blaine, and a beautiful wife, Laura.

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