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Advent Devotion December 4

In days to come
    the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
    and shall be raised up above the hills.
Peoples shall stream to it,
   and many nations shall come and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
    and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
 He shall judge between many peoples,
    and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    neither shall they learn war any more;
 but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees,
    and no one shall make them afraid;
    for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

 For all the peoples walk, each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.

Micah 4:1-5

Enter the Prince of Peace

I have at times found myself in a situation that tears at my soul and my resolve to the point of spiritual exhaustion, a point where the bottom is not far enough down. It is those times when I remember Micah and the promise of salvation and redemption that pulls me from the pit and moves me to greatest peace.

The imagery of God’s house on the highest hill draws my heart up from my dread and into a posture of adoration. A place where I can learn about the presence of grace and the active involvement of peace, God’s action of removing destruction from my life by building new and creative aspects from what was once doubt and fear.

I see the presence of Christ on this mountain calling me to be quiet and to let the world go by knowing that in His hands is all the strength I need to continue on full of grace and confident in the peace that comes with it.

Amen

–Elder David Murray

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