I started an online Advent blog sometime in 2006. Something like one of those old fashioned Advent calenders like my grandmother used to send me as a child, each day holds a devotional thought and a picture. Over the years I chose different themes and some years included childrens activities or Christmas recipes. Our family uses them for the daily Advent times ( admittedly we sometime have to “catchup”).
Here is an Advent devotional thought for today that I thought was more appropriate for this blog:
Based on the reading, Genesis 28:10-22
This week marks the beginning of the second week of Advent when we think of the gospel message of Peace.
The scripture passage of Jacob’s dream of a ladder stretching between heaven and earth follows the account of Jacob’s greatest crisis: when he had deceived his father into giving him the blessing that had rightfully belonged to his older brother.
In the midst of his struggles he must have longed for peace and reassurance. God spoke to him in this dream of the promise that had been given his forefathers, but practical Jacob saw his need of God in terms of food, clothing, and protection.
Jacob was losing his father and the only home he had known, was he now looking to God as his father?
Eventually Jacob would make peace with his brother, and would be blessed beyond the subsistence level he asked of God at this time. What was revealed to him in this dream of the stair or ladder which the angels of God were ascending and descending? Much later, to his disciple Nathanael, “Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.” ”
Some Christians speak of “open heavens”, a place where God is especially accessible. Jesus makes it clear that He is the place. “I am the door”. Do you need a direct line to heaven?
Christ whom we celebrate during this Christmas season opened that direct line through himself. Like Jacob, we may find ourselves under that open heaven looking at the stairway to heaven.