Proverbs 27:8 (NRSV)

Psalm 25:4-7 (NRSV)

Luke 2:8-11 (NRSV)

Like a bird that strays from its nest
    is one who strays from home.

As we make our way through life there are times and seasons when we stray away from our true home.  That is, we stray away from the Lord Jesus and go our own way, seeking this and that…  We also read of this in Isaiah, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way,…” (Isaiah 53:6).  It’s good to remember that there is a way home when we stray. 

The Advent season is a time to come home to the God who deeply loves us and reaches down to us.  God  comes near to us, into our world,  in the Christ that we might return home to the Lord.  We need not be afraid of returning home.  In fact, Coming home to Christ Jesus is a time for joy.

We are told, ““Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). 

I invite you to make your way home to the Savior this Advent Season.  Come home into his merciful presence as you make your way through the darkness of December.   May we be able to say with David, one who came home to God out of dark times, more than once, “Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long” (Ps. 25:5).