"The one who gives this testimony says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.' Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!" - Revelation 22:20
The dreaded driveway markers are back, standing erect, waiting to direct the snow plows. It's time to prepare for Winter.
We've been preparing for Christmas, too. With these four weeks of Advent, we've been readying ourselves for the coming of the Christ Child. Hopefully, we've made it a "dreaded" experience as well, pushing ourselves to make this Christmas the best Christmas by letting Jesus enter the darkest, deepest recesses of our heart.
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! I've emptied myself to make room for you. Amen.
Week 1, Hope:
Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.
Week 2, Peace:
Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.
Week 3, Joy:
Dear Jesus, help us focus on you during this busy season. May we stay aware of the joy you bring into our lives. We want to find you in the everyday moments and come with hearts of gratitude to your manger on Christmas. Amen.
Week 4, Love:
Dear Jesus, may the light of your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to you, Jesus. Amen.
"Looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye."