Advent 2022: The Kingdom Is Everywhere
December 21, 2022 Creekwood United Methodist Church

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The Kingdom Is Everywhere

For those new to Creekwood, each Advent we invite a mixture of staff and laity of all ages to bless us with their devotional thoughts to a specific question. You’ll notice we are starting at “Day 2” because Day 1 was Sunday, and the message can be experienced in worship (in person and online). I hope these devotionals bless you each day, and help you envision the presence of Christ fully into your life.

The question this year:

“What do you think of when you hear the expression ‘Kingdom of God'”

King's crown with pine wreath around it

Manger location

Manger – Israel

It seems the more I think about the Kingdom of God, the more confused I get about it.

I wonder what it will be like in Heaven. Certainly, we won’t just be standing around singing “Holy, Holy, Holy.” It’s got to be more than that – right?

I imagine it being closer to what we see all around us – but without sin, hurt, and pride. There must be relationships, opportunities to create, and even alone time. Right?

But when I think about Christmas and the Kingdom of God, there’s only one place to look. And that’s to a baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger with His parents nearby.

The Kingdom of God came down to earth in human form so Jesus could identify with everything we deal with in our lives. He came to save us from our sins. The perfect gift for us all.

The Kingdom of God is near all year long.

It might be a smile, a warm embrace, or someone offering kindness to others.

We tend to notice things during this time of year but it’s here – all the time.

We just need to be open to it.

Patrick O’Connor

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