Titus 2:11-14

             For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

            Advent helps us develop an ear for hearing God.  We see evidence in the gospel of Joseph’s heavenly ear.  Finding out that Mary was pregnant, he decided to break off their engagement.  Then, in a dream, God revealed that Mary was innocent of wrong.  Because his ear

was attuned to God, he recognized his dream as a message from God and believed it, despite all of the scientific evidence to the contrary.  However, Joseph went one more important step:  He acted on what God revealed in the face of the certain disapproval of his neighbors. 

            As we experience Advent, may we develop our ear for God’s voice.  When we hear, may our devotion be strong enough to cause us to follow that heavenly message, no matter how difficult or unpopular that may be. 

Open our ears to hear you, O God,

and our hearts to the possibility of living out your word.


Rev. Darrell Pierce

Retired Minister

Clarksburg, WV