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Advent Devotion – Sunday, December 1

The Surprise of Christmas! This year during the Advent season, the children will lead us. We will be looking at the various surprises that they have identified! “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified” (Luke 2:8-9). Apparently we are not the only ones surprised!

This Christmas season we will sing our wonderful and joyful Christmas songs, enjoy the sweetness of the Advent candles, decorate our homes, and enjoy the sweetness of true friends. We will, for a brief moment, reflect on the birth of Jesus! But there is so much more… there were many involved in the coming of this baby. Jesus, who left the glory of heaven for a messy, sinful world. Mary, who submitted to the will of God even though it cost her her integrity in front of all of her people. The Shepherds who were terrified. The Magi who traveled a great distance to see for themselves. And us… who gaze with deep gratitude at the Surprise of Christmas

Remember to stop, rest, and gaze this Advent season.

Warmly in Christ,

Jim Howard, pastor