It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. It can be.
Yesterday’s Communion meditation reminded us to remember Thanksgiving through the Christmas season. Christmas can be a wonderful time if we remember what we’re thankful for instead of listing what frustrates us about the holidays.
Traffic jams and crowded stores and expensive lists of wants and needs.
The key is to remind ourselves of true Christmas and reasons to be thankful.
I look around me and those reasons are plentiful.
Yesterday, the first Sunday of Advent, the time of hope. I want to keep hope in my heart all week. To anticipate what is to come, days of celebration mixed with days of quiet.
Days to celebrate the coming of what we wait for, the hoped for, predicted Person, Emmanuel, God with us.
The One we could not comprehend. We expected Him, but He surpassed our expectation.
One lit candle promises hope, hope to light darkness. In the darkness of then and the darkness of now, Christ is that light.
Be thankful in crazy days. Revel in the Light. Joy in hope.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7
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