Saturday, December 13, 2014

Countdown to Christmas

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 When Amanda was a wee little girl, we used to  use advent calendars..
I loved these   once I learned of them the year we lived in Germany... I started out incorporating them into my Christmas  preparations   when I taught 3rd grade...  then,  once Amanda came along,  it was a fun way to anticipate, 
 but  as my faith grew,  advent  took on  deeper meaning in my  life and  I spent  time preparing  the advent  season through spiritual  readings and  activities.

 Last year  our family lit the advent candle at church on Christmas Eve!
Me  The purpose of the Advent celebration is to draw our gaze toward God’s promise of salvation – the Lord Jesus Christ.  In His life, death and resurrection Christ has brought us hope, peace, joy and love; wrought in our hearts through God’s saving grace.  As Christians, advent helps us affirm that Christ has come, that He is now present in the hearts of all believers and will come again in power.  The fifth candle of the Advent wreath is traditionally called the Christ candle.  The central location of the candle reminds us that His incarnation is the central truth of the season.  Christ has brought life and light to our darkened world.
We rejoice and worship Christ, our Savior and King!

“O, light of the world, overcome the darkness of our lives with the light of your eternal presence.  You are our hope and our salvation.  By faith we welcome you into our hearts.  Amen”

5th Candle of Advent - the Christ Candle
1. Introduction   Lynn
 Please introduce your family, including the names and ages of your children and how long you have been a member at our church.
2. Explanation of the Advent candle
ME:  The purpose of the Advent celebration is to draw our gaze toward God’s promise of salvation – the Lord Jesus Christ.  In His life, death and resurrection Christ has brought us hope, peace, joy and love; wrought in our hearts through God’s saving grace.  As Christians, advent helps us affirm that Christ has come, that He is now present in the hearts of all believers and will come again in power.  The fifth candle of the Advent wreath is traditionally called the Christ candle.  The central location of the candle reminds us that His incarnation is the central truth of the season.  Christ has brought life and light to our darkened world.
We rejoice and worship Christ, our Savior and King!   Candle
3. Scripture      John 1:1-5, 9-13  Amanda
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.   The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.  He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
 Tonight, let us celebrate the salvation we have been given in Christ.

4. Prayer   Lynn
  Ask the congregation to join you in prayer…in your own words…thanking Him for this special season and for the gracious salvation that we have received in Christ…ending with:

O, light of the world, overcome the darkness of our lives with the light of your eternal presence.  You are our hope and our salvation.  By faith we welcome you into our hearts.  Amen”

Sadly,  in the past few years, with my ailing parents,   the time hasnt been available to  do much at all in preparing for the  birth child...   today actually marks the one year anniversary  of  dad's  passing...  oddly, enough my mother  so  frail.... and  so  very   frail,  fell and  broke her arm early Wedensday morning.   It was probably the worst break  one can have,  splintered   clean through from shoulder to elbow,and  she isnt a candidate for surgery....  so  the  wrappings  are  very unstable and tenuous.  her welfare and  care even though  in a nursing home,  are tantamount to me  now.
So  in  anticipation of the  most  wondrous season of the year,  I am  haphazardly just trying to get  the  important things done  inbetween  the  madhouse  of my  hectic  schedule.  My husband is  halfway through the project  of  painting this room  in which I am sitting.  a fresh  icy blue, painted over a deep,  deep teal   that Amanda  loved as a teenager...  requires  a second coat!   Yes, I did say  blue, ice blue,  for  our  dearest lil Birdie...I love the ice  blue  for  a sweet lil Princess!  I envision  a  very  sweet  room for her  someday,  but alas,  for now   we have less than a week to get    it  finished and  put back together. Meanwhile, every other room upstairs is   topsy turvy with all the  stuff  from  the  painted room  piled helter skelter here and there.  Thankfully, downstairs  is  almost ready for Christmas...  but nothing is wrapped,  the larder is bare, with no real list  for shopping  .....  my mind is unable to think that far in advance.  My  kids will be here  in 5 days  (praise the Lord!)...  and   I pray that   sometime  between now and then  a miracle will happen. That is all I  can say at this time.

2 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your Mum and sending you strength and patience for you to get through this time so that you can all enjoy each other as much as possible. Helen xxx

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  2. I'm so sorry that your mother had such a bad break and pray that she will heal quickly and completely and that her pain will be minimal at worst and not at all at best. How awful :( So sorry for the loss of your Dad, too. I was very happy to read that you had a bright spot with your children coming for the holiday. God bless you, dear lady!

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