Greetings children of God.

Psalm 32 – “I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

The owner of a greenhouse hired a young man to tend his plants, but soon the greenery began to die. The owner was puzzled, so he called a more experienced gardener. Soon the plants began to flourish and abound. The owner was still miffed. What made the difference? The experienced gardener explained, “When the young man moved the plants, he did it with great caution. I disturbed them. Plants flourish when you shake them at their roots.”

We flourish and abound when God shakes us at our roots. There’s a word for that. Repent. Repent is a call to take God with utter seriousness. It’s a call to take our sin with utter seriousness. Repent is a command to confess, come clean, and be honest. The hymn, “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry,” helps us to do this. John the Baptist summons us to repent. Then what? God takes away all our sin so we can flourish and abound with gospel beauty.

Let us pray – All praise, eternal Son, to thee, whose advent sets thy people free. Amen.[1]

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Tim

[1] Devotions for Advent: Prepare Ye! By Reed Lessing. Creative Communications. Fenton, MO. 2020