We invite you to reflect over the themes we have explored this advent season as we celebrate the hope, peace, joy, and love He brings to each of us!
The Hope of Christmas
by Denisse Warshak
In the Bible, hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness. We can be certain of hope in the Bible. Our hope is placed in God and rests firmly on His promises. Whether life sends us trials or joys, God wants us to put our hope in Him and Him alone.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
Let’s quiet our hearts and nurture this relationship with our Creator.
The Promise of Peace by Holly Parker
How do we reconcile our frenetic schedules, anxious hearts, in-your-face consumerism, and social unrest with the goal of possessing peace during this Advent season? God promised us a person that would embody peace in a mighty way.
“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~Isaiah 9:6
Jesus was indeed born. Born into the most humble of circumstances to the most unlikely of parents. He lived a life without sin and offered peace to all He encountered during His short life.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” ~John 14:27
Will you sit quietly for five minutes — maybe in a dark room with one small light, perhaps a candle, lamp, or the Christmas tree? In those moments, turn your focus to the Prince of Peace, the Light of the world, Emmanuel. He has promised us the Peace which surpasses all understanding.
You Are My Joy by Nicole Mason
From His earliest moments in the womb, our Lord was bringing the fullness of joy. In those first moments of His incarnation, His mercy and promises were being felt by those graced to be in His presence.
“In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.’” ~Luke 1:42-44
And in His birth, this joy felt by a select few would now be brought to all people. For as Christ entered the world as a newborn babe, this supernatural joy would now be extended to the ends of the earth as the promised Messiah had finally come.
“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’” ~Luke 2:9-10
And while the Christmas season revolves around this joy that was brought at Christ’s birth, let us not cease our joyous reflections here. For, the joy Christ brought even at birth was not because of the birth itself, but was because of what His birth would mean for generations to come.
Love on Display by Brenda McCord
I am very thankful for a Savior who loves me and wants me to draw near to Him. He knows me intimately and He calls me into sweet, intimate fellowship with Him. Each of us matters to Him. His love is genuine, sincere, trustworthy, and legitimate. Find some quiet moments to reflect on His love this week. He is the glorious love of heaven — come to earth to dwell among men.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” ~Lamentations 3:22-23
Prayer excerpt from Daily Blessings by Susie Larson
May you recapture the wonder and the awe of this season. YOU are someone Jesus loves, profoundly so. You are someone He sings over, delights in, and plans for. May you marvel that He came to earth to save you, restore you, and use you in ways that are beyond what you’ve ever imagined. Take time to notice Him in the small sacred spaces of life. He’s there. He invites you.
With Christmas joy,
Nicole, Holly, Denisse, and Brenda
Enjoy this song during your quiet time – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SarPJv6rUiQ