Advent began today---hands down my favorite time of the year. A time to celebrate 'coming'----the coming of the Messiah. A time to say 'no' to busy schedules, holiday obligations, and all the 'responsibilities' of the season. Instead, say 'yes' to quiet times of reflection and meditation with your family. Take this time to rejoice in a Savior who was coming...came....and is coming again. Emmanuel......God with us.
Didn't prepare ahead? Don't despair, it's not too late! Grab a few candles---any color and number will do. Traditional Advent celebrations call for three purple, one pink and one white. But, as you can see, we'll be adding a new white candle each evening----adding up to a total of 26 white candles----so the number and color don't really matter. Light a few candles and enjoy the peace of being together.
Didn't buy a devotional ahead of time? No problem! Many of you probably already have the greatest devotional of all times sitting on a shelf in your living room. Go grab your Bible and read a different section from the christmas story found in the Gospel of Matthew or Luke each evening.
And then pray that God would give you a spirit of reflection, peace, and true joy this holiday season.