Daily Devotionals

2021

A Brief Introduction to the Season of Advent

The English word Advent is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “arrival” or “coming.” During these four weeks, we highlight the fact that we are an expectant people awaiting the return—the coming, the arrival, the Advent—of our King, Jesus, to his world and his people. We also look back upon his first Advent, Christ’s coming in humility as a helpless baby, and we remember the anticipation and expectation of God’s people awaiting the coming of the Messiah. This season is marked by hopeful waiting and renewed repentance.

    1. Hopeful Waiting: In this beautiful but broken world, our central hope is that Jesus, the world’s true King, is going to return to right all wrongs, remove all sin and evil, and redeem his world and his people. In other words—thanks be to God!—the present state of affairs is not the end. This hope is far too easily obscured by present sorrows and worldly distractions, so Advent is the season during which we seek to renew our posture of hopeful waiting. We remember that the cry of the people of God is “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).
    2. Renewed Repentance: While we long for the return of Jesus, we acknowledge that we’re not simply innocent bystanders in this broken world; we are also perpetrators of evil and sin against God and against our neighbor. So, as we rekindle our hope, we also renew our repentance in preparation for Jesus’s return knowing that God, by his grace, “is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

The daily Scripture readings and reflections in this devotional (written by Park Street Church congregants) are intended to help us renew both our hope and our repentance as the people of God.

November 28

Daily Devotionals 2021Sunday, November 28 Jen PowellPsalm 50 Luke 21:25–33As a child hiking with my parents in the beautiful, dense forests of Wisconsin, I could not be contained. I’d rush ahead, impatient and confident that I knew the way. They’d shout to wait for...

November 29

Daily Devotionals 2021Monday, November 29 Kara YeePsalm 51 Isaiah 2:6–22I know food allergies. Between my two daughters, we’ve had issues with over twenty foods in sixteen years. So, when my gastroenterologist suggested I see an allergist for the persistent stomach...

November 30

Daily Devotionals 2021November 30 | “Blessed and Wise” Debbie GallagherPsalm 119:1–16 Hosea 14:1–9Blessed – Psalm 119 asks us who is blessed? Who is joyful, peaceful, holy, consecrated, filled with God’s favor? And the answer the Psalmist gives is that they are...

December 1

Daily Devotionals 2021Wednesday, December 1 Drake RicheyPsalm 16 Romans 13:8–14Jesus told a story about a man beaten up on his way to Jericho. He was neglected by two men before he was picked up by a Samaritan who bandaged his wounds and took him to an inn. The...

December 2

Daily Devotionals 2021December 2 Lori ChangPsalm 25 1 Corinthians 1:3–9“…in every way you were enriched in him…so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end…” (1 Corinthians 1:5,...

December 3

Daily Devotionals 2021Friday, December 3 Sohye KimPsalm 115 Isaiah 44:6–20Psalm 115 reminds me how BIG our God is. Our God is in the heavens. He does all he pleases. He is the first and the last. He declares what is to come. I wonder what this absolute power,...

December 4

Daily Devotionals 2021Saturday, December 4 Jill VanderWoudePsalm 86 1 Thessalonians 3:6–13Here we are in the time of waiting. Some of us are waiting for a phone call, a promotion, for someone to notice us, or perhaps just waiting for a break. We wait regularly. But...