The Advent Call–Preparing Our Hearts

December 12, 2011 at 1:18 am Leave a comment

It’s easy enough to get caught up in the Christmas season—the need to fulfill others’ expectations— and spend more energy and money than we have. It’s easy to be swept up into the commercials, the music playing in malls from late October to get us into the mood to purchase yet another gift. Making a list, checking it twice is not just for Santa—we do it too.

Whether our desire is to buy a special gift for a loved one, or those we don’t know, let it be from the love we are given by God, who loved us before we loved him.

God saw a world full of sin, people hurting each other and people enslaved. He gave his greatest gift that we might know salvation. The gift—a Saviour—came in the form of a baby entrusted to a couple God had chosen, knowing that one day, that son would freely give up his life for us.

The gospel of Luke predicts the birth of one named Jesus to Mary, already betrothed to Joseph, and a  prophet son, John, for the aged and previously barren Elizabeth and her husband, Zechariah. Not even a powerful king’s wrath could change God’s plan for his son to arrive and for shepherds to learn the news, and for wise men coming from the east to find the secret of a new star. Not even Herod could foil plans for the birth of this baby.

Many people of the time, Mary and Joseph included, lived a hard life weighed down by a powerful government, not of their choosing. Those people waited for the Saviour written about in the biblical scrolls. They waited for someone to free them from Roman rule that they might more easily live and worship the God of Abraham and Issac, the God of King David, their ancestor. They hoped for a mighty king to take their cause and fight for them; what they got was something quite different. They got a Saviour alright, one born as a small dependent baby, promised by God to save the people from their sins.

In this season of  Advent, please join me in the  preparation of our hearts for the coming of the child Jesus. Listen to Chris Tomlin sing, Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus here:



Entry filed under: church, faith, music. Tags: , .

Launch of Eyes Wide Open by R. K. Livingston Saturday Snapshot–It’s winter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

Top Canadian Blogs - Top Blogs

Book title

debi riley

The Creative Zone for Making Art

Shot By Sarah


Janice L. Dick

Tansy & Thistle Press: faith, fiction, forum

LEANNE COLE - The Photographer's Mentor

Fine Art Photographer ~ Daring to be Different

SIMPLY LIFE with Kathleen Gibson

Just another weblog

I Like It!

Just another weblog

Whatever He Says

Just another weblog

Baden Storytellers' Guild

Continuing the Tradition of Oral Storytelling


thoughts on faith and fiction


Garden adventures and advice...

Promises of Home

Stories of British Home Children, written, compiled and edited by Rose McCormick Brandon

%d bloggers like this: