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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…really?

And the answer may just be YES!

Because Christmas preparations fill our time with decorating, purchasing, wrapping, traveling, and celebrating. Christmas parties, special events, and gatherings help us experience the delight and good and genuine spirits of the season.

But for those of us who follow Jesus, the four Advent weeks leading to Christmas Day celebration, should never be ignored. The Season of Advent marks the beginning of a New Church Year in which we reflect once again on the meaning of the Incarnation, the Ministry of Jesus, His Crucifixion and His Resurrection. In the Season of Advent we focus on the COMING AGAIN of Jesus our Christ—not as a child, but the King of Kings.

Whether you observe the season in Kettering or Kinshasa, in Fremont or Freetown, you need to be determined throughout, in keeping Jesus at the center of your Advent and Christmas celebrations. So as you celebrate, please remember these words:

Joy to the World, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room…

(Isaac Watts – Joy to the World)

Truly, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” … and remember that there is no Christmas without the Season of Advent. So, with all the hustles and bustles of the seasons, please remember to PREPARE YOUR HEART, making room for JESUS.

If I were a shepherd...I would bring a lamb
If I were a wise man…I would do my part
Yet what I can I give him…Give my heart

(Jane Siberry - In The Bleak Mid-Winter)

Celebrate Advent … Celebrate Christmas