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12.18 Advent Devotional

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father,
now in flesh appearing!
O come, let us adore him;
O come, let us adore him;
O come, let us adore him,
Christ, the Lord!

Scripture - John 1:1-5

61 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,[a] and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Devotion - Excited Antiticipation 

Excited anticipation.  As a child there was so much excitement as Christmas approached – a tree, decorations, an advent wreath with candles to light, a creche, an advent calendar to peel away the days, presents under the tree, Christmas music and caroling.  Truly a wonderous time!

My family lived in Libya for ten years where our “family” was our community.  Joe and Louise Brown had no children of their own – so we were theirs.  Every Christmas Eve Mr. Brown dressed as Santa and he and his wife would visit all of their “family” friends and deliver a small gift to each child.  I knew early on that the visit was actually from the Browns but that didn’t deter my excitement in the least. As the years passed the list of visits grew quite lengthy for them with special requests requested by some of the new comers.  I remember the last year we were in Tripoli (I was 15) refusing to go to bed until the Browns had come.  We were their last stop and it was close to midnight before they arrived.  Such relief and joy!  I still have the small candy tin they brought me.  Small packages can hold the largest of gifts.

We rejuvenate our most excited anticipation each year about this time of God coming in human form as we remember and celebrate in our various ways.    

Karen Gaither

And the Stars Sang, performed Bruce Cox, composed by Joseph Martin

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Many of us find that an intentional practice is important as part of our Advent reflections and you may want to consider this one. The Hunger Action Team suggests you set aside one food item or a small amount of money each day to stock the Food Pantry at North Raleigh Ministries. Click here for more information.