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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 Hope Day 2: Waiting for Christ to Come Again

December 22, 2015

Read Romans 8:24-25

 

Celebrating holidays with the companionship of a child is one of my favorite things about being a parent.  This is Justus’ fourth Christmas, and the first time that he seems to really be getting a handle on the stories, traditions, and activities that go along with the holiday.  But as we prepare and plan, the waiting of the Advent season has taken its toll on his meager patience.  Even with no solid memories of what is to come he knows that what lies ahead is something special.  Sometimes I think it would have been easier if we had waited to decorate and participate in the activities of the season to spare him. 

 

What part of the Christmas celebrations do you find it hardest to wait for? 

 

But when I read Romans 8 I realized that the agonizing wait for Christmas morning is just the sort of practice that we need as we wait for the second coming of Jesus.  We don’t know what truly lies ahead when Christ comes again, but we know that eternity is better than we can imagine.  This hope is not just a promise of what is to come, the hope that we have is a source of strength to overcome the trials of our earthly life. 

 

Do you think it would be easier to postpone your Christian conversion to later in life rather than spend long years waiting for Heaven?

 

Light the candle of Hope 

Pray, “Thank you, Lord, for the hope of a glorious eternity.  Let the hope of our future with You empower us as we serve You in our earthly lives.  Amen.”

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