For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 NIV
ADVENT DEVOTION – WEEK THREE
Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been enamored by Christmas decorations, Christmas traditions, and Christmas music (test me on any Christmas lyric–I dare ya!). There’s so much preparation that goes into Christmas. However, sometimes the importance of preparing for Christmas parties, making sure our houses look perfect, and buying the perfect gifts can overshadow the importance of preparing our hearts for Christmas.
When I think of the importance of preparing our hearts, I think about Mary and Joseph. Their anticipation for Jesus’ arrival must have consumed every thought. They were willing to sacrifice their plans and reputations in order to follow God’s commands. They weren’t focused on trivial things. Mary and Joseph understood the birth of Jesus would bring hope and healing to a broken world in need of a Savior.
One song that’s been on my heart this year is “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus:”
Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set Thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in Thee.”
Those lyrics are powerful words which bring hope, healing, and redemption. As you navigate the chaos of this season, may those words serve as a reminder to wait expectantly on the Lord. My prayer is that you would wait in anticipation for how the Lord will work through you and that your focus would be on celebrating the One who brings true love, joy, and peace.
Pastor of Connections at Crossings Edmond
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