Remember the excited anticipation you felt as a child as Christmas drew closer? For most of us, that childlike wonder and hope has given way to the stress of making the holidays perfect. It's possible to recapture those warm, joyful feelings and return to the reason for the season. This holiday season, let's forget about having the perfect decorations and overspending on gifts and just focus on developing a better relationship with Jesus.
Today is the first day of Advent. For the next 24 days, spend a little time each day exploring the hope, love, joy and peace that Jesus brings to your life. It won't keep you from eating too many sweets, but you'll grow as a Christian and arrive at Christmas with less stress and genuine happiness.
Join me during these next few weeks and we'll explore together!
“Advent, like its cousin Lent, is a season for prayer and reformation of our hearts. Since it comes at winter time, fire is a fitting sign to help us celebrate Advent…If Christ is to come more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our prayer. Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great responsibility not to waste this Advent time.” Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac