When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Matthew 2:10-12 We have finally arrived in Christmas time! While for many of us it feels like Christmas is winding do
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). During the fourth week of Advent, we focus on the theme of love. As we prepare for Christ, we are preparing for God's love to be born into the world.
One way that we prepare during Advent is by sharing Christ's love with others. At the end of November, my office became the storage place for Adopt a Child gifts. It was a beautiful sight to see as they continued to pour in each week.
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me and holy is his name"
- Luke 1:46-49 - Each week during Advent we prepare for Christmas in many different ways. We have been preparing our hearts, our homes, and the world as best we can for the celebration of Christ's birth. If you are any
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
- Matthew 5:9 In the season of Advent, we are preparing for what it means for Christ to be in our lives. This week, as we focus on peace, remembering that Christ is the Prince of Peace.
The Hebrew word for peace is shalom, which means completeness or well being. Often when we think of peace, we imagine world peace. The idea that war will cease and people will begin to care for one another rather than