December 2, 2018 – Thoughts from Rev Kev

Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
One devotion for Advent includes the Advent wreath, a visual to remind us of God’s unending love seen in the circle/round wreath, the evergreens showing us the ongoing of life, the gradual brightness of the candles as we come to the shortest day of the year and look forward to the Bright Light of that Star otherwise known as the Light of World—Jesus Christ! The scriptures each week will offer us personal reflections which can assist us to welcome the Christ Child, the reason for the Season!
Within the First Week of Advent we can pray,
“Lord Help me to make time for you in these busy days of December!”
Within the Second Week of Advent we simply pray,
“Lord open my eyes to see you in the many that we may encounter along our journeys and busy activities of the season!”
Within the Third Week of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) we pray,
“Lord help me hold onto my joys, especially when I face the difficult challenges of life, and the many pressures I may feel in this time of preparation for your birth!”
Within the Fourth Week of Advent, although very short, we still are invited to pray,
“Lord Jesus thank you for your love. Thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for doing your Father’s will.”

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