|SCANDINAVIAN ADVENT CANDLE HOLDER|
As important as these children are to me, in Advent, we wait in anticipation and longing for something even MORE important! We prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ, first in Bethlehem, and then prepare for His second coming in the future.We remember the longing of the Jews for a Messiah. They yearned for a return of God's presence in their midst. And then... HE CAME! We celebrate His birth and then wait for His second coming.
But I have to ask myself, "Am I preparing my mind and spirit for Him this Christmas advent?" Is my heart longing, not for the GLITZY part of Christmas, but for my RELATIONSHIP with Him to grow? Sometimes the glitz and commercialization of Christmas can get in the way and keep me too busy for the much more important part of preparing my heart for Him. Cookie baking, shopping, Christmas parties, decorating, and yes, even blogging about Christmas, can get in the way. With my daughter and son-in-law coming home I look forward to just spending TIME with them. In the same way, TIME SPENT with God should be more important than the busyness that often comes this time of year. There is nothing wrong with these activities. They are all good things and help us make wonderful family memories. But I need to make sure that they don't become more important than JESUS...THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.
Below are the words to a song that can be heard on the link here . You can even choose if you want to hear it played by organ, piano, or bells. Wonderful song to begin your Advent season.
COME THOU LONG-EXPECTED, JESUS
by Charles Wesley
Come, thou long expected, Jesus
born to set thy people free.
from our fears and sins
release us, let us find
our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation, hope of
all the earth thou art,
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.
Please join Floss for a Pause in Advent to read the thoughts of others during this advent season.
And for a "just-for-fun" internet interactive advent calender, go to jacquielawson.com !!!