Advent Devotional: Faith-Family Tree {The Big Picture}

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth  (Genesis 1:1 NASB).

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Every sunrise and sunset declare the majesty of His glorious creation.

He paints the morning sky with miracles in mind, my hope will always stand, for you hold me in your hands. Amazed by Lincoln Brewster

Those lyrics make my heart smile.

It is as if God swipes His glorious paintbrush, dipped in gold and red beauty, across the wide-open canvas just for our eyes to see, and the beauty of His presence settles my beating heart as I rest in knowing we are a part of His big picture.

Great created the world and He continues to specifically create each beating heart at conception today. The sweet cry heard as a baby enters the world melts a mama’s heart. His creation overwhelmed my soul when each of my babies was placed in my arms for the first time.

God created the world and God created families to live in the world in a community as one – from the beginning of time until the end of time.

Family. When we gather with those we love we feel complete. When we get together with our extended families, that feeling grows even deeper and wider.

Whether we are with my family, or Jon’s family, it feels good to be together. Our family is not perfect. We are a little crazy and we have issues, just as every family contends with, but overall we love each other because of the depth of our relationships. We have walked through good times and hard times together as one.

Our family includes close friends who have joined us during different seasons, because when family isn’t present, God provides people to fill the void of the missing members.

When we are one in the Spirit, we become family.

Oneness, created by God, is found in the complete family unit.

Glimpses of our time together create the snapshots that fall within God’s big picture.

Today’s Scripture:

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God  (John 1:1 NASB).

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters (Genesis 1:2 NASB).

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:15-17 NIV).

Today’s Snapshot: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit

In the beginning, can you picture The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit creating the world (light, dark, sea, sky, land, vegetation, animals, man, and woman)?  They were together, complete, and whole – three in One.  The world was created in perfect order, and then the people within the world were created.

Relationships nestled within the Old Testament (great dads, moms, grandparents, uncles/aunts, and children, as well as some not-so-great ones) appear as snapshots within God’s big picture. There are snapshots of oneness as well as snapshots of brokenness in our faith-family tree. Regardless of how complete or broken each family appears, every snapshot of this story plays an important role in God’s big picture.

As we stay focused on the birth of Christ, the snapshots display family photos from the beginning of time right into the arms of the young mother who gave birth to the Savior of the world, to today.  He was with The Father, then He returned to bring us back to The Father.

The baby born over 2,000 years ago brought hope to a hurting world. This season, we celebrate the baby who was born for one purpose – to make brokenness complete, and to make it beautiful.

Today’s Family Discussion:

~ What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
~ Is there a new tradition you would like to start this year?

Closing Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I praise You for who you are – The Creator and Master Designer.  You created the world and You created family to fit perfectly into Your big picture.  I am grateful we can see a glimpse of the big picture through Your family shapshots.  Thank You for sharing them with us. Thank You for the gift of family, and thank You for friends who have become family.  May You continue to guide us through this advent season as we slow down and focus on the reason for this beautiful season. 

In the precious name of Jesus, I pray,
Amen

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