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      I am reminded today–the first Sunday of Advent–of those advent wreaths of childhood. We would light them and say the prayers in lieu of our regular pre-meal prayer. The wreath, made of evergreens had four candles, and we were four children. Each week of Advent, we would take turns lighting the candle(s) for the week. The first week would be our youngest brother. He would have only one candle to light.
     It was a special time. The candle was allowed to burn during the entirety of the meal, and with each bite of dinner, we looked forward, anticipating. Christmas was the time of year when the difficulties we faced would dissipate for awhile, and we would embrace the glory and magic of Christmas. The baby was coming, and He would be the Savior of the whole world. Glory to God!

 

Advent Wreath

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The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity–hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory–because at the Father’s will, Jesus Christ became poor and was born in a stable so that thirty years later, He might hang on a cross.
–J. I. Packer

  1. Some faith traditions begin the Christmas season with Advent. Look up the meaning of this term in a Bible Dictionary or other dictionary and record what you find.
    noun

2. Read the following scriptures and record how they bring hope:
□ Psalm 72:10-14

□ Isaiah 11:1-11

□ Isaiah 42:1-5

□ Isaiah 60:1-3

3. Christmas is about God, about Him manifesting Himself. Christmas is about the Triune God: Father, Son and Spirit. What do the following verses teach you about God?
□ Deuteronomy 32:39

□ 2 Chronicles 2:5-6

□ Psalm 100:3

□ 2 Corinthians 5:21

□ Philippians 2:6-8

□ Colossians 1:12-22

□ Revelation 1:11-18

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One of my favorite Sundays of the year as a child was the first Sunday of Advent when we would sing this song:

o come o come

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