Adoration goes beyond praise or warm fuzzy feelings. It is to worship or revere. Worship requires us to humbly approach God with awe and amazement.
Advent is about the coming of Christ. The coming of Immanuel - God with Us. Because of Immanuel God with us: We have hope and peace. We can experience unconditional love. and have true joy.
Advent Reflection – Preparation
Christmas can be a busy time. There are decorations to put up, gifts to wrap and some event that always needs a sweet treat or other good made. Then there are event to attend and family to see. It can be so easy to get caught up in all of the stuff of Christmas that we overlook the actual meaning.
Repost: Christmas Stuff
When I was in grad school there was a house near campus that had an eclectic Christmas display. It started out with a normal light display. One year the residents didn't take the Christmas lights down. Instead they added seasonal decorations throughout the year. They would just leave up the previous seasonal/holiday decorations. Eventually the entire yard became a huge mash-up of lights and "holiday" themed inflatables. I think one year I even saw live animals. The most notable was the Easter bunny next to the Shepherds in the nativity scene.
Reset & Reflection
Personally the past couple of years been hard. It has been a time of loss, stress and isolation. I am not alone. Most of us have experienced loss, isolation and anxiety. Our world is spinning out of control and fractured.
I’m So Sorry
“I’m so sorry for your loss” has become such a common phrase in the past year. I use it so much that my phone automatically suggests that whenever I type, I'm. The past year has been a year of loss a loss of normalcy, a loss of family, a loss of friends, the loss of relationships, and I could go on. It is heartbreaking it seems like we've lost all normalcy and all hope in this past year.
God of Wonders
This week I was listening to Third Day’s Farewell CD. Yes, I know I am old school and still listen to CDs. God of Wonders is one my favorite of their songs. As always I am struck by the majesty of God and humbled that he would even care to be involved in my life.