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Advent Family Devotions

This blog is designed for individuals and families to share in discussion around the lighting of the Advent wreath. This may happen at a dinner table or in the living room. The goal is to get everyone talking and reading scripture together. There will be 5 devotionals a week and a prepartion day for the following Sunday on Saturday. We (Pastor Matt & Pamm Anderson) hope these devotions will help you and your family connect with God and each other this Advent Season.

December 19, 2015

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Candle of Joy- Day 3: The Pain of Childbirth

December 15, 2015

Just a few minutes after Silas was born I turned to Matt and said, “I can’t do that ever again.”  A few hours later I had already changed my mind and told him I think I could do it just once more.  Five months later, even two more children just doesn’t seem like enough.  It’s kind of unbelievable that despite the great difficulty, and for most of human history the great risk, women the world over have been able to look past the hardships of childbearing because the end result is so great.  The pleasure of a human soul, in exchange for nine uncomfortable months and a few miserable hours somehow seems reasonable. 

 

Read John 16:20-22

 

In our Scripture this earthly life, waiting for the second coming of Christ, is synonymous with the pain of childbirth. 

 

What are some elements of life where this level of misery seems evident?

 

Now think of the great joy we experience in our lives.  Even the happiest moments of your life will be akin to the misery of labor in comparison to the great joy we will one day experience when Christ comes again.

 

When I was in kindergarten my family went to Florida to visit my Grandma.  When she picked us up from the airport I asked her if we could go to Chuck E. Cheese’s during our trip and she said, “How about Disney World instead?”  I asked, “Is that like Chuck E. Cheese’s?”  “Even better,” she said.  I had no idea what an amazing experience laid ahead; I was actually a little disappointed not to be going to Chuck E. Cheese’s. 

 

When we try to envision heavenly glory through even the best experiences we have on earth, we are doing eternity an injustice because the great joy that is waiting for us.

 

Light the candle of Joy (the pink one)

 

Pray, “God thank you for the joys of this life and thank you that you love us so much to make the future exponentially more joyful then we can ever imagine.  Help us to live as agents of your joy to everyone we meet.  Amen.”

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