One of the themes of Advent is Joy. Joy is often confused with happiness. Happiness is a feeling based on a state or condition of well being. Being happy is a good thing. It is temporary and can change as often as the direction of the wind in Central Texas.
Today is the beginning is of Advent. Advent is a time for us to prepare for Christmas. It isn't about shopping, baking, decorations or even preparing for the annual Christmas concert, play or cantata. Advent is about what God did for us. It is about God's Radical demonstration of love. 16 For God so loved the … Continue reading Advent: Hope
Advent is about the coming of Christ. The coming of Immanuel - God with Us. Because of Immanuel God with us: We have hope. We have hope because of despite what junk is in our past through Christ we can have a future. We have hope that no matter what is happening now we have … Continue reading Advent: Joy
At the heart of Advent is a radical revolutionary demonstration of God's love for us. God created us for a relationship with him. Unfortunately, human reasoning and pride got in the way and derailed God's plan. In His great love and mercy God relentlessly sought out his people who repeatedly rebelled and turned away. God … Continue reading Advent: Love
Peace seems to be elusive. We live busy, stressed out lives, especially this time of year. There are a million things to do, presents to buy, events to attend and guests to entertain. It is hard to find even a moment of peace. Our nation has just endured one of the most divisive presidential elections … Continue reading Advent: Peace
This has been bouncing around in my head all day and I've just haven't gotten around to writing. Actually, I started thinking about it a couple of days ago. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Normally, I enjoy decorating for Christmas. A couple of months ago the Big Guy and I … Continue reading Making Room for Christmas
8 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. … Continue reading Emmanuel