I’m sitting here early in the morning, enjoying a hot cup of coffee and some steel cut oats that I made in the crock pot overnight. Listening to the rain, while the lights from my tree light the room.
If you look closely, you would notice that there are slips of paper woven throughout the branches. These are the Advent Prayer Calendar Slips from each day of Advent!
I know that many of you have commented how much you appreciated the practice and discipline of prayer this season. I share your gratitude for the daily practice of prayer for all of you each day of Advent. Every morning, I would draw a slip of paper, read through the names, pray for the individuals, write out the Christmas cards for the persons listed and then add them to the tree. It truly was a beautiful way to begin my day. In fact, when the tree comes down, and the slips of paper are taken off the tree, I think I will keep them and start over again! (and even add some names!)
This year is a different year of celebrating as most of us are staying home and not gathering with family. So however you are choosing to celebrate the gift of this day, may we be reminded of God’s promise and desire to dwell among the people, and how this promise came into being on this day when Jesus was born and God’s Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
The reading from the gospel of John speaks to this, I will let the words speak for themselves.
John 1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
I wish you all a safe and blessed Merry Christmas.
Peace and prayers,