Advent Days 9-15

Posted: December 18, 2012 in Faith
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Day 9: O Christmas Tree

One of Christmas’ biggest symbols is the Christmas tree which is usually an evergreen tree. Evergreen trees are triangular in shape which represents the Trinity (God, Son and Holy Ghost). The tree is also green which represents Jesus’ everlasting love for us. Green is also the color representing life. Lights on the tree represent heaven and the fact that needles point upwards symbolises uplifted hands. And of course gifts under the tree are supposed to represent charity…which is what the Christmas season should be about.

occcThe greatest gift that I could ever recieve is the ability to send some Operation Christmas Shoe boxes to children in other countries who have virtually nothing. I also like to gather items and gifts for local children as well because there are kids in my own community who are in need this Christmas. I have a passion for children in other countries “Love your Neighbour” and nothing makes my heart melt more than seeing the smiling faces of thousands of children who get to open a shoe box each year. These shoeboxes change so many lives even though it’s just a simple gift but school supplies might allow a child to actually go to school and a small toy can bring comfort and joy. This Advent season don’t just fill your tree with gifts for your close loved ones, wrap a few gifts for local children too because some are not as fortunate as you.

Day 10: A little Christmas Gathering

dance

Had a wonderful Christmas Gathering with the young adults group at church. We had ribs (Totally untraditional but uber yummy) and the Youth pastor cooked up a wonderful meal. It was a nice night to sit around and just chat as well as have an epic dance party. “They looked down upon dancing at my last church”  We had a blast. My 6 year old daughter (Pictured as a jumping blur in the picture above) outdanced everyone and had so much fun.

What is Advent without a little fun and cheer? And dancing to some classics? Whoever says Church Gatherings are not fun is totally missing out big time.

Day 11: Outdoor luminaries

Another great way to spend advent is to go for a walk or a drive and observe some of the great outdoor lights. December is the darkest month of the year so having many colorful displays of lights to light the way is just awesome. When I look at Christmas lights I am reminded to shine my light throughout the Christmas Season and throughout the year. I am also reminded that even in the dark, love shines like a light. We are indeed living in dark days.

Day 12: The good news

The Lord Himself will choose the sign. Look! The Virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth and will call Him Immanuel-‘God is with us’. Isaiah 7:14

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times. Micah 5:2

The good news is these prophecies have passed and have already happened which is why we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Man could never be spotless before God no matter what they did, God sent a sacrifice to cleanse and pardon everyone who recieves the good news. No matter how unworthy you feel, no matter what you did in the past God is among us ready to wipe the guilt away. We may never be blameless as human beings, but our spirit will be spotless. The nations needed a hope, a king and we have recieved our King until the day He returns. And the world despertely needs those who shine Jesus’ light and love unconditionally.

Day 13: Candle of Peace

The second Candle in the advent wreath (Which we’re late lighting) is the Candle of Peace. I pray that the world wil experience Peace like never before. Those who are lonely will have peace and comfort, those who are in mourning will have a peaceful spirit and that wars will cease and more hearts will be filled with the longings of peace. May there be less quarrels on social media, less confrontation and more seeking out of peace. This is  a season of Peace, every season should be about peace. Ma there be abundant peace on the Earth in a very upside down chaotic world.

Day 14: Mourning with my Neighbours

As you all know, December 14th was a very tragic day in United States History as  gunman entered a school and shot and killed 20 children, 6 staff, his mother and himself. When I heard the news I was in tears as all I could do was cry. How very hard it will be for those families who lost their babies. Those innocent little children. My heart aches for the survivors who will never be the same again, for the community who has come together in these trying times. I am Canadian and my heart weeps for my neighbour. My heart weeps for those families. In a time where joy and peace should be present tragedy has striked.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

Not all things are good. This tragedy…it’s not good. Guns are not good when they are used to harm the innocent. Evil has swept over a nation and has taken the lives of Children. It’s so hard to look at Romans 8:28 and see any good in the outcomes of the shooting.

The 1st Grade teacher who sacrificed her life for her entire class…that is good.

The families who remain strong and Faithful to God and are leaning on God right now for strength and comfort…that is good.

The millions who actually took time to love on their children and hug them, say they love them…that is good.

A community comming together, vowing to grow among this tragedy no matter what it takes…this is good.

Those who see that God is not a source of blame but a source of comfort…this is good.

Those who see the strength of God through everyone’s weakness right now…that is good.

Those who changed their lives around and want to abundantly pour out Christ’s love…this is good (Except for those who hate God of course)

I have never seen so much strength coming out of a community in a time of tragedy. Children and adults have come together to love and support one another. The world is pouring their love and prayers out. Evidence of answered prayers are seeneverywhere as even those who normally don’t even think About God pray anyway. I see God’s strength in the weakness, He is right there mourning with that community and loving that community. God’s Grace is ever so abundant and right there. And even those who don’t believe in God…how can you not see the peace? See the comfort through that agony? There is something about a prayer and leaning on God that is so powerful and NOTHING and no evil in this world can EVER take that away!

Day 15: Take time to Pray

I was supposed to make  Jesse tree today but instead I spent this Advent day praying for each individual who’s life was taken in yesterday’s tragedy in Conneticut. I just really felt the need to lift up a prayer for each name and pray for healing and strength for each family. As a mother of a 6 year old girl I just could not imagine having her taken away from me at such a young age. These little ones and the adult staff who died brought so much joy to people. Only God knows why such things happen…we may never understand but there is always a time and a place there is always a purpose. May these wonderful people and children not have died in Vain. May they be in everyone’s hearts and memories forever.

I try to hold on to this world with everything I have
But I feel the weight of what it brings, and the hurt that tries to grab
The many trials that seem to never end, His word declares this truth
That we will enter in this rest with wonders anew

But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering

There will be a day with no more tears
No more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place
Will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we’ll hold on to you always

I know the journey seems so long
You feel you?re walking on your own
But there has never been a step
Where you?ve walked out all alone

Troubled soul don?t lose your heart
Cause joy and peace he brings
And the beauty that?s in store
Outweighs the hurt of life?s sting

But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering

There will be a day with no more tears
No more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place
Will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we’ll hold on to you always

I can?t wait until that day where the very one
I?ve lived for always will wipe away the sorrow that I?ve faced
To touch the scars that rescued me from a life of shame and misery
O, this is why, this is why I sing

There will be a day with no more tears
No more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place
Will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face

There will be a day with no more tears
No more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place
Will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face

There will be a day he will wipe away the tears
He will wipe away the tears
He will wipe away the tears
There will be a day

Jeremy Camp “There will be a day”

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