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 1:14
I love the Advent/Christmas season. I love everything about it. Yes, even the secular parts. When the daylight is short and the deep dark of night is long I like that the bright colored lights illuminate my way home. I enjoy the hunt for the perfect gifts for my family and friends and find myself humming along with the familiar holiday songs blasting from the stores speakers. When I hear that tinkling Salvation Army bell my heart is filled with hope. I look forward to the smells and tastes of Christmas - pine needles, cinnamon, hot apple cider, eggnog, Christmas cookies and so much more. I treasure our family traditions and appreciate others family traditions. And - who can possibly remain solemn watching children act out the Christmas story? All of these things are good and bring me great pleasure but they pale in comparison with the reason for doing all these things.
I love the Advent /Christmas season because it is the time of year we remember and celebrate the magnificent surprise; the surprise that one day God stepped into our world on our terms. God becoming flesh and blood; a baby Jesus born in Bethlehem, a child raised in Nazareth, a man crucified in Jerusalem. I am not sure I will ever get over the fact that God, The Creator of all there is, the Almighty the Everlasting became one of us “The Word became flesh and lived among us”.
God is still full of surprises and is still showing up in unexpected ways. The Advent/Christmas season can be a time for exploring where God may be found now. So often we get a glimpse of God and then a few days later forget all about it. If you choose here is an Advent activity to help you remember how God interacts with you.
Find a shoe box or small box and wrap it in Christmas paper. Cut a slit in the top big enough for folded pieces of paper. Keep the box in a place that is accessible and visible. When you have a God sighting, write it down and put it in the box.
You are walking and it feels as if God is right next to you. Write that down date it and drop it in the box.
You read your daily devotion and it speaks right to a particular situation you are going through. Write that on a piece a paper and drop it in the box.
A conversation with a friend helped you with something that you had gone to God for in prayer.
You see something and it reminds you of God’s love for you.
These are just a few examples it will be fun to discover how God surprises you throughout this Season. Sometime in January open the box and read all the notes that show you how God surprised you with His presence during Advent and Christmas.
Have a blessed and surprising Advent/Christmas season, Pastor Maggie