Jingle: An Advent Devotional: Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Writer’s Name: Arlyn Willett

Ministry: Worship Leader

Scripture: Gen 1:2-3

As a kid who grew up from day one in the church, I did everything that a good church kid would do. I went to Sunday school and sat through church services. I attended every VBS and Bible study the church told me to attend. During this time, I always knew who Jesus was. He became that “invisible friend” I chatted with when I walked and worked in our family business.

As a late teen, I started to do what I wanted to do and ended up in a long season of life where I began ignoring my “invisible friend.” I would still talk to Him when times were tough, but I tried to ignore His existence while doing things that I knew He wouldn’t approve of. Later I called this season my “dark times.”

In Gen 1:2, it starts out talking about the earth being covered in darkness, where the Spirit of God was hovering over the deep waters. While reading this, I felt that the earth and God were separated at this time, just like I was separated from Him during my ‘’dark times’’. Reading this scripture is when the Holy Spirit put conviction in my heart. I didn’t want to be separated from Jesus anymore. I started trying to put Him back into my life, and when I did, He started showing up in my life! Then God said, “Let there be light!’’ (Gen 1:3) That’s when I realized He was beginning to bless the relationship I had formed with Him long ago! He hadn’t left me at all, just like He wasn’t really separated from the Earth, His creation. And I, being his ‘’Prize Possession’’ (James 1:18), was His creation too! He hadn’t left me; I left Him! He was waiting for me to open the door and let Him freely walk back into a refreshed relationship with me.

‘’I will never leave you, I will never abandon you” Hebrews 13:5 rings true in my heart every time I feel alone. He brings me the ‘’peace that passes understanding’’ (Phil 4:7)!

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

1. Have you had a “Dark times” season?

2. When was your ‘’Ah HAH‘’ moment when you retook your testimony?

3. Do you have a story or testimony that will help someone else get closer to God?

3 responses to “Jingle: An Advent Devotional: Tuesday, November 29, 2022”

  1. Sandra Lando-Madsen Avatar
    Sandra Lando-Madsen

    Thank you for this testimony and also your Sunday words on the hand out. I think that you are doing a great job as our music director.

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  2. I have had many Ah hah moments. We are blessed to have aGod who is always there. Thanks Arlen for this reminder! God Blessed🙏

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  3. Thank God that He doesn’t give up on us. Just wish we humans didn’t have to experience life’s painful lessons. Free will isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. You and Desiree are such a blessing to LDUMC. Thanks for sharing your encouragement.

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