As this season of Advent progresses, I am blessed by paying closer attention to what it can mean. ANTICIPATION and ARRIVAL are two definitions attached to Advent. The 4 candles are said to represent PREPARATION, HOPE, JOY, and LOVE. One thing I've learned recently is how ROMANS 15:12-13 contains a prophecy from ISAIAH conveying how MESSIAH would make HOPE available to ALL mankind.. no longer only the Israelites..Gentiles are included in verse 12! That's most of us reading/writing this! Not only that, but the point the Apostle Paul makes in verse 13 (which happens to be the one I get the address of this BLOG from!), is PEACE, HOPE, and JOY, are for all who TRUST in HIM. In the wake of the tragedy in the elementary school recently, many of us may be feeling a lack of these needed realities in life.. I have found when I look into the face of my LORD JESUS CHRIST, I don't need answers as to 'Why?," but can draw on his endless supplies of comfort.. yielding peace, hope, and joy in spite of 'circumstances.' Maybe these lyrics to a song John and I LOVE to sing in harmony best summarize just how the birth of one VERY SPECIAL BABY over 2,000 years ago can make such a difference even today!
"What shall we call this man, whose voice has calmed the sea.. this man who laughs with children, and walks with fishermen? What shall we call this man whose love has pierced our hearts, whose words of life have reached into the depths of who we are? CALL HIM MESSIAH, CALL HIM, CALL HIM YOUR KING.. CALL HIM THE MIGHTY AND MAJESTIC LORD OF EVERYTHING.. THE HEIR OF DAVID, THE PROMISED ONE.. CALL HIM MESSIAH, THE LONG-AWAITED ONE!"
I pray a blessed CHRISTmas season and following days for all of you!