Advent - week 1
"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 Christian life is the practice of living in what God has done and is doing." (Eugene Peterson)
Advent is the season that looks forward to Christ's birth, the event that brings about the "new creation" of a people redeemed by God. Christmas celebrates Christ's Incarnation and Epiphany his "manifestation" to the whole world.
In looking forward to celebrating Christmas I will post a daily Advent reading.
My prayer is that we all will take the time to slow down our fast pace a bit and
turn our focus to the One we celebrate.
As we begin this I wanted to share an Advent Prayer by Henri Nouwen
Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do, seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy, seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking light.
To you, we say, Come Lord Jesus.....
Today's Advent reading:
Psalm 122, Isaiah 2v1-5, Matthew 8v5-13