Christmas is a time to reflect and remember our HOPE of salvation in Christ, the PEACE He came to bring between God and us, the JOY we can experience because the Messiah has come, and ultimately the LOVE our great God has shown by coming to the earth He created to die for sinners like you and like me.
If you’re unfamiliar, Advent simply means a coming into place or an arrival. In Christendom when we talk about celebrating Advent we are talking about the coming or arrival of Christ. Advent is really the whole reason we as Christians celebrate Christmas. So over the next 4 weeks I want to take a look at the 4 days of advent.
There was also the night (I believe just before that day or close to it) where I was holding our 8-month-old trying to keep her from waking up while paramedics were struggling to find my unconscious wife’s pulse on our bedroom floor at 3 in the morning. All of this while I was working 60+ hours a week in a warehouse on top of trying to serve in my church. I was spent in every sense of the word, I was wrung out and had nothing left in me.
The practice of planning and organizing and structure has always somewhat eluded me. Don’t get me wrong, over the years I have, by necessity, become somewhat of a planner and organizer but it is most certainly not natural. My default mode is to just sit back and what happens happens and make it up as I go. I even use trendy buzz words to justify it saying things should be more “organic” than structured.
Sadly, I don’t take this approach with a lot of other tasks that can seem mundane. Cleaning the house, cooking dinner, putting together the same puzzle I’ve put together 8 million times with my 3-year-old, and any other number of things that I feel like I just do the same over and over with no point.
Just thinking- many Christians love Jeremiah 29:11. It’s a life verse for many and they look at it as a personal promise to them. It does reveal the heart of God to His people. Many Christians think it is a promise to us today and I think we can probably apply it to us but we should also understand that the context was to Jews living in Babylon at the captivity.