Devoting Time to Anticipation
The season leading up to Christmas tends to be a hectic one. We’re busy buying and planning and decorating for the holidays – and sometimes we just forget to stop and remember the depths of the spiritual meaning to these few weeks.
The church season of Advent helps us to do this well, providing a time of anticipation that draws us into the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love as we approach the celebration of the birth of the One who brings hope, the Prince of Peace, the Joy of our Salvation, and the embodiment of Love on Earth.
Advent 2017 begins Sunday, December 3, and each day of the season, we will post here a devotional focused on one of the four themes of the season, and ending with a focus on the Christ child at Christmas:
December 3-7: Hope
December 8-12: Peace
December 13-17: Joy
December 18-22: Love
December 23-24: Christ
These devotionals were written by members of River Road Church, Baptist, and they are accompanied by art drawn by our children (and a couple of our adults!) to represent this season and all it means for us as Christians.
I hope you’ll take a few moments each day to read these devotionals as we anticipate the coming of Christ together in the coming weeks.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!
Header Art by Evan
Content Art by Michael
Photo by Libby Grammer
For many, myself included, this time of year can be one of melancholy, and with the days growing shorter, and the signs of lushness falling to the ground, it is easy to consider that the land itself feels the same way.
Imagine Mary and Joseph adoring the newborn Baby Jesus.
The concept of me writing an Advent devotion for others to use seemed crazy.
I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world, you face persecution.
But take courage; I have conquered the world!
Recently, Ken Burns’ PBS special on the Vietnam War brought into our homes the horrors of war with its gruesome cost in human life, national strife, and political upheaval.
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid: for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.’” Luke 2:10
I recently made a trip to Macy’s in search of “just the right Christmas gift.”
If we were looking for things that suppress hope, we would not have to look far.
“I hope.” These words may constitute one of the shortest prayers we will ever say. I don’t mean hope as it refers to wishful thinking.
Many years ago, The New York Times ran an article about the Judith and Martin Markovitz from Newton Township, Pennsylvania.
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