A Daily Dose of Good News
Friday, November 27, 2020
At 10:30 today, this devotional will be offered online at https://youtu.be/HFMN-pgiXzk
A printer-friendly version of today’s devotion is available at DDGN 20201127
Good morning! It’s November 27. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving- even while it may have been different and it may have been difficult. I’m glad that you’re through it. I’m glad that you had a chance to hopefully pause and reflect on the things you’re thankful for in the midst of everything around you. So, today we are doing our Daily Dose of Good News from Zechariah 13:1-9.
On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
On that day, says the Lord of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more; and also I will remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit. And if any prophets appear again, their fathers and mothers who bore them will say to them, “You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the Lord”; and their fathers and their mothers who bore them shall pierce them through when they prophesy. On that day the prophets will be ashamed, every one, of their visions when they prophesy; they will not put on a hairy mantle in order to deceive, but each of them will say, “I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the soil; for the land has been my possession since my youth.” And if anyone asks them, “What are these wounds on your chest?” the answer will be “The wounds I received in the house of my friends.”
“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
against the man who is my associate,”
says the Lord of hosts.
Strike the shepherd, that the sheep may be scattered;
I will turn my hand against the little ones.
In the whole land, says the Lord,
two-thirds shall be cut off and perish,
and one-third shall be left alive.
And I will put this third into the fire,
refine them as one refines silver,
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call on my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, “They are my people”;
and they will say, “The Lord is our God.”
Here ends the reading.
That may seem like a bit of an intense text for the day after Thanksgiving. It also is the beginning of a new calendar year for the Church, so we’re now entering into what is referred to as Calendar B, and the beginning of Advent. So, it is a time to potentially pause for reflection, as we begin this transition.
Both the beginning and the end of this passage, reminds us that God’s goal is to purify. God’s goal is to remove our sinfulness. God’s goal is to remove our impurities. That imagery is expressed through a fountain or a fire. While a fountain may seem more pleasant, more soothing, more gentle, more beautiful to look at- a purifying fire might feel more like what 2020 has felt like. Intense heat and painful. It’s a good time to reflect and think about what in 2020 needs to get burned away. What of our own sinfulness needs to get burned away? To pause and to give that conscious, serious and intentional thought. Because the goal is that you know that you are God’s and God knows that you are focusing on God. So, it’s a reorientation into right relationship, close relationship, without sin and impurity as distracting measures which keep us from God.
In this text, it talks about how all the false prophets will be taken away and you may remember John the Baptist wore the hairy mantle. So, they’re saying ‘don’t pretend you’re something you’re not, don’t deceive intentionally in the name of God’. So, I ask you to come, today, before God and to ask God for help in burning off your impurities, washing away your sin. Helping you reorient toward God in this space. So as we enter into Advent and the coming of Christ, you can receive that with arms wide open, knowing the fullness of God and the fullness of your relationship with God, without any barriers in between you.
Now today, is a day that people often shop. It’s Consumer Friday, Black Friday. Maybe that’s a sin that you trip over a little bit: materialism. Or maybe overspending financially. Maybe there’s some sin in that. Maybe there’s not. Maybe there’s sin for you in terms of having some strained relationships that have some pieces in them which are sinful, and that’s something you could hand over today. Maybe there’s sinfulness you’re experiencing in other different ways. I’m simply lifting up two that could be a possibility today. Not saying that they are necessarily. But just giving you a starting point of things to consider. It could be anything. That’s between you and God. But I ask you to consider lifting that up today and letting that be washed away and burned away, in the name of Christ, to have more fulfillment and relationship with your God.
Otherwise, two quick notes. I wanted to let you all know that Gavin Larrimer had come through his valve replacement surgery on Wednesday, so yay for that! He did have a pacemaker installed, so he is recovering, but doing well. So that’s great! And then, I had referenced previously my uncle going in for a bypass- that got delayed until today. So, he’s doing that bypass surgery right now, on Friday morning. So, those are the updates I know.
Blessings and I hope you enjoy the day. Bye-bye.