This past week I bought my son the book “The Night Before Christmas.” It starts: “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse…” We know this story, and some of us may know all the words. How many of you had this book read to you when you were a child? During this season of Christmas we are called to remember. We turn on the radio and remember (well most of the words) to the Christmas carols that come on. We remember loved ones as we hang ornaments on the tree, but most importantly we remember the story of the Christ- child.
This past week in Bible study, we shared stories of our earliest Christmas memories and we all we able to share, in great detail, some of our earliest memories of Christmas. There is something powerful that happens when we remember isn’t there? In our time of remembering we honor the past, we apply what we have learned to the present, and we look towards the future with hope.
On this second week of Advent, we will light the candle of love, and are called to remember the greatest love story ever written about: the gift of Jesus Christ.
I hope you will come and celebrate the second week of Advent this Sunday!
Prayer: God, you are the true embodiment of love. Thank you for giving us the most amazing gift of love, in Jesus Christ. Help us to once again prepare to receive this amazing gift into our lives. Help us also prepare again to remember our own stories, and our own callings. Help us to not be afraid to share the ways in which we have experienced your love with others. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
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