Advent Sunday

What a joy it was to commemorate advent Sunday with my family.My wife and oldest daughter began from Luke 1:1-17 followed by the lighting of the candle and an explanation of what it means read by my youngest daughter.

 Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping. Beginning four Sundays prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, Advent helps us to prepare for the coming, or “advent” of the Christ child at Christmas. (The word “advent” comes from the Latin word that means “coming.”) For hundreds of years Christians have used an Advent wreath to inspire their hopes for the coming of Christ. By lighting candles and reading Bible verses, we are reminded about the meaning of Christ’s birth and become more excited about his coming in the past, in the future, and in our own lives.

I closed with a prayer selection chosen from the Valley of  Vision – “Longings after God”  the last paragraph of the prayer is not from the actual text it was added something given to me from our pastor that after reading I felt would fit quite nice.

Our Dear LORD,

We can but tell you that you know we long for nothing but you, nothing but holiness, nothing but union with your will.

You have given us these desires, and You alone can give us the things desired.

Our soul longs for communion with You, for mortification of indwelling corruption, especially spiritual pride.

How precious it is to have a tender sense and clear apprehension of the mystery of godliness, of true holiness! What a blessedness to be like You as much as it is possible for a creature to be like its Creator!

Lord, give us more of Your likeness; enlarge our soul to contain fullness of holiness; engage us to  live more for You. Help us to be less pleased with our spiritual experiences and when we feel at ease after sweet communings, teach us it is far too little we know and do.

Blessed Lord, let us climb up near You, and love, and long, and plead, and wrestle with You, and pant for deliverance from the  body of sin, for our heart is wandering and lifeless and our soul mourns to think it should ever lose sight of its beloved. Wrap our lives in divine love, and keep us ever desiring You always humble and resigned to Your will, more fixed on You, that we may be more fitted for doing and suffering.

Father, it was your heart to turn our hearts to You. Bring us back to You. Make us ready for what You want to do in our lives. Keep us expecting! Keep us hoping! Fill us with Your presence. Turn our hearts of fathers and mothers to their children. Turn the hearts of children to their parents. Our desire is to be obedient to You. Let Your Son be born in our hearts once again.

Amen.

Set your hearts eye to the heavens with anxious anticipation of the arrival of our Savior

D John

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