December 1

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We begin with God’s promise for all people:

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

                        Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

 

Advent is a season of preparation for the coming of the Messiah.  We live in the “already but not yet” of knowing that baby Jesus was born long ago, and in his life, death, and resurrection, his saving mission for us was completed.  Yet we look forward, knowing that he will come again; in fact he comes to us daily, personally, individually.  His saving grace and love surround us, bear us up, and give us hope.

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Today is Sunday, December 1.  Spend a few minutes looking back and looking forward.  Remember favorite Christmas memories, maybe family gatherings, gifts given and received, melodies of carols.  Make an outline of what you want to do to prepare for Christmas this year.  Remember to plan Sabbath time: some to renew your focus on God’s plan, and some to rest