December 7, 2009

Dec. 7: Proclaim


By Bryce Bow, a senior physical education major from Muncie, Ind.

“Proclaim” is not a word I often use. In fact, it’s not a word I hear much at all. Nevertheless, it’s a word that seems to hold a very powerful and significant meaning in Scripture. To “proclaim” was to announce, declare, extol and call out to; to make something known to everyone, usually something profound and important. In the Old Testament, God commanded Jeremiah and Jonah to courageously and boldly “proclaim” a condemning message to a very powerful foreign land; not an easy task if you grasp what they were actually expected to do. In the Gospels, Jesus’ ministry could be described as one big “proclamation”; an ushering in of a new era, a shift from God’s Holiness to God’s Grace. The rest of the New Testament is the story of how Christ’s followers went about “proclaiming” this Good News, God’s love story of Redemption and Reconciliation. The word is significant throughout Scripture, but what does it mean in our lives today?

What are we currently proclaiming? What are we taking a stand for? What are we announcing to the rest of the world? Let us agree to proclaim first and foremost, through thick and thin, through times of joy and times of sorrow one thing: that Jesus is Lord; Lord of Heaven and Earth, Lord of our communities, Lord of our families, and Lord of our lives. Let us proclaim that “through Him all things are possible,” and it is through Him that we find our deepest joy and delight, a “peace that transcends all understanding.” Let us proclaim that no work situation, economy or illness, and no amount of uncertainty, hardship, fear or skepticism will snatch us from the clutches of our loving Creator, the Alpha and the Omega, the Star-Breather and Sin-Bearer, He who has said “the very hairs on your head are numbered.” Let us proclaim to stand for justice, for peace, and for healing; let us proclaim, as Paul so eloquently writes, to stand for “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy…” This Advent season, let us declare, let us announce and let us proclaim: Our God was, is, and will forever be an awesome God; a God slow to anger, quick to love and always mighty to save.

All the best to you and yours this Advent season.



Comments (21)

  1. THis is a great week to proclaim
    – our concern for Climate Change talks
    – our concern for people living on the edge of land and water who face the loss of place
    – our faith in world leaders to care
    – our love for one another

    Pam Harrison December 7, 2009 |
  2. Thanks for reminding me to think about what it is that I
    am proclaiming, through my life, my words, and my actions. May God truly break into my life and heart this advent season.

    Karen Speight December 7, 2009 |
  3. What a wondeful writing!

    Jeanie December 7, 2009 |
  4. Wow! And a double,wow! Thank you, Bryce, for an awesome Advent proclamation.

    Jim Brenneman December 7, 2009 |
  5. Thanks for your encouragement.

    Jane Beyeler December 7, 2009 |
  6. well written
    i kept looking for a scripture
    i appreciate your devotions each day
    mitchell jones

    mitchell jones December 7, 2009 |
  7. Thank you Bryce for a thought-provoking and stirring message.
    Jane Henderson, Manchester, England.

    Jane Henderson December 7, 2009 |
  8. Thanks, Bryce! Your writing shows much wisdom and thoughtfulness. I appreciate your input as I prepare for Christ’s coming this Advent.

    Andrea Welty Peachey December 7, 2009 |
  9. A wonderful reminder. Thank you.

    Brenda Shelly December 7, 2009 |
  10. Amen, Bryce. Thanks for setting me on a course of proclamation this week – of what is “true, noble, right, pure, lovely,and admirable.” My eyes and ears and heart and mind are open to receive it and proclaim it.

    Jan Landes December 7, 2009 |
  11. Wow! Very inspiring and stirring. Thanks Bryce.

    Mary Roth December 7, 2009 |
  12. Thank you! This devotion spoke to my heart & mind.

    M Kathryn Reynolds December 7, 2009 |
  13. Thanks for your well written words of encouragement to keep the faith.

    Judy Stutzman December 7, 2009 |
  14. Your comments are deeply appreciated.

    Irene Bechler December 7, 2009 |
  15. What an inspiring message and a great way to begin this week! This passage couldn’t have been more eloquently written. God bless you this season.

    Elisabeth Johnson December 7, 2009 |
  16. This really spoke to my heart. Thanks so much.

    Mary Litzinger December 7, 2009 |
  17. Thank you for your proclimation.

    Ruth December 7, 2009 |
  18. Great message! And your proclamation so inspiring.Thanks for delivering this wonderful message from Our Lord so well,God bless

    Celia Vasquez December 7, 2009 |
  19. This is just a word of gratitude for the lovely, inspiring, helpful Advent thoughts! I look forward to them every day!!

    Margaret Connolly December 7, 2009 |
  20. I love it! Thanks for the tough questions and the reminder of what we should be doing!

    Carrie December 14, 2009 |
  21. amen, may it be so

    Stu Buisch December 24, 2009 |