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Advent, the beginning of the greatest gift humanity will ever receive. 

 

As we enter into the four weeks before Christmas, we seem to consume every minute in preparation for Christmas Day.   Between shopping, work, social activities, jobs, families, wrapping gifts, travel, and oh.... did I mention shopping, it becomes easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. 

 

But if we stop and ponder the true meaning of Advent, we quickly realize the importance of preparing to celebrate the anniversary of the Lords first coming to this world, which freed us from sin, and that we are now in waiting for the second coming when he will come again.   

 

As faithful Christians, we need to take time to focus on this special time.  Live in the moment with our Lord, pray, and participate in something that constantly reminds us of this special time, while we are waiting.

 

For some it will be a daily prayer the family does during the evening meal as they countdown the weeks through the lighting of candles on the Advent wreath.  But it doesn’t take a wreath or candles, it only takes a little bit of what our Load gave us, time… to stop, pray and share the true meaning of Christmas and all the joys it brings. 

 

For those of us who can remember the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” 

 Linus tells Charlie Brown the true meaning of Christmas in this.. Luke 2:8-14

 

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were so afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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