Advent Devotion: Saturday, December 5, 2020

Published December 5, 2020 by Vivian Spoede

Hope and Sanctuary

This crazy year seems to have had more downs than ups with COVID-19, all of the changes at school, and the distance of my friends. We want to turn our backs from the problems and just simply stop. Stop listening to the problems. Stop acknowledging. We just want to live normally, but we can't. If we're being entirely honest, it can feel hopeless. We can feel as if we've been abandoned in the middle of a desert with no way to get out. 

But we haven't been abandoned. God is there watching out for us and shielding us from the world, under His wings. He is the Solid Rock for us to stand on. We can always lean on our Father no matter what we have done, who we are, or what is happening. 

Christmas reminds us of this. Christ was born as a symbol of hope. He is the hope for the beautiful future we have before us and sanctuary while we push to bring ourselves closer to that future with God. He will be there forever—before and after.

The playlist I compiled below has songs about the hope and sanctuary Christ brings to us during Christmas. Personally, this playlist is filled with songs that soothe my nerves and help me see the hope present in this time.

I pray you can all feel the calm, peaceful hope this season, even with all of the things going on in your life and in America. Merry Christmas! 

Click here to listen to the Sanctuary@Christmas playlist on Spotify.

Artists, Albums and Playlist Songs

Bing Crosby, Christmas Classics (Remastered 2006)

  • "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
  • "What Child is This/The Holly and The Ivy Medley"
  • "O Holy Night"
  • "The Little Drummer Boy"

JJ Heller, Unto Us

  • "Unto Us"
  • "Silent Night"
  • "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"

Point of Grace, Winter Wonderland

  • "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"
  • "All Is Well"

Pentatonix, A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe

  • "Away In A Manger"
  • "Coventry Carol"
  • "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"

Paul Cardell and Audrey Assad, "In the Bleak Midwinter"

Chris Tomlin, "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)"

Lauren Daigle, "Light of the World"

Pentatonix, "Mary, Did you Know" 

Paul Cardell, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" 

Downhere, "How Many Kings" 

Emma Shynes, "Star of Bethlehem"

Pentatonix, "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"