Day 16 – Turning Around


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Unwrapping the Greatest Gift Advent Devotional by Ann Voskamp

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Today’s reading:
Jonah 1:1-3, 17; 2:10; 3:1-3 

The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Ninevah. Announce my judgement against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish..

Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights … Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit JOnah out onto the beach … Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: “Get up and go to the great city of Ninevah, and deliver the message I have given you.” This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Ninevah.
 
Thoughts to discuss: 
  • What’s one thing you’d like to say sorry for?
  • How would describe a miracle? Do you think miracles still happen today? 
  • Write down something you want to tell God you are sorry about. Draw a heart around it to remind you that nothing can stop God’s love for you. 
  • As you hang today’s ornament on your Jesse Tree, thank God for the miracle of forgiveness.