Saturday, December 17

Isaiah 33:1-24 and Revelation 5:1-14     

Concordia University is THE most beautiful place I have ever worked. Wildlife abounds — trees, grasses, flowers and animals. It truly is a blessing to work here, a place where I can feel the presence of God. 

In this latter part of my life, I have gotten into a habit of talking to God while driving in the car, especially in the mornings on the way to work. The area surrounding Concordia (as well as the campus itself) has provided a beautiful backdrop for my conversations with Him. I may tell Him I am grateful for His many blessings. I may ask for His forgiveness for one of my shortcomings. Oftentimes, though, I find myself asking for His help. 

It’s fitting that one of the scriptures for today talks about how God helps. The author in Isaiah 33:16-17 writes: Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them. Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar. It’s a promise made to those “who walk righteously.” 

Somehow, during my morning conversations with God, I started attributing deer sightings to Him. Afterall, He created the magnificent animals who bring me peace each time I see them in the meadows, woods or crossing the road. 

I remember one morning as I was riding in to work, I thought about all that I had to accomplish before the day’s end and how I was going to need God’s help to get through. Suddenly, a deer poked out his head from the shrubbery in front of one of the homes on Lake Shore Drive. I felt as though God was using the deer to remind me of His love. My awe and appreciation of this beautiful creature compelled me to say a simple prayer: “God, I love you, too.” 

Now, whenever I see a deer when I am out and about, I think of God’s love. 

It is my prayer that you, too, see God around you in your life and are reminded of the many ways He loves us, especially during this Advent season when He gave us the priceless gift of our Savior Jesus Christ. 


Advancement, CUW

About this series

“Advent Anticipation: the arrival of our Savior” is a sampling of biblical meditations composed by members of the CUWAA community. It is our prayer that you will take time during the Advent season to read and reflect upon God’s Word and await the coming of Jesus with newfound enthusiasm and anticipation through the Holy Spirit.