Prepare for Rejoicing – Advent

Last Sunday, I choked on toothpaste while getting ready for church. I accidentally inhaled it. I coughed, and coughed, as my lungs gasped for air. The coughing subsided but I could feel a burning in my chest just below my collar bone. Over the next few days, I developed a heaviness in my chest, my throat produced lots of mucus and I acquired a nagging cough. My thoughts have turned toward refection about how I just got over being sick. Now, this! Really? This year has been interesting, to say the least. I was sick way early in the year and I was angry with God. In the previous year, I was able to pray over myself and I received healing every time. This year, I have not been granted healing. I have had to endure and go through the process of being sick. I have struggled with doubt, unbelief, fear I have done something wrong, or that I am being punished or something. So, I am looking forward to moving into a new season.

Advent is one of the ways that I like to prepare for a new season. The first day of December falls on a Sunday this year. What better day could we have to start Advent then on a Sunday? Sunday is the first day of a new week. It’s the day God’s people gather together for weekly worship to our God and King, Jesus Christ. It is our weekly reminder to remember His sacrifice and His gift of life. Advent reminds us that God split history into two seasons. Jesus came in the flesh, to a little town in Bethlehem, and His birth commemorated the close of what was the old season and began the rejoicing of all creation to God who gives us a new season. Now, we have the beauty of each day becoming a new day. Each week being ripe with the hope of new life. Each year kissed with the anticipation of a new season.

Each day of Advent I will share the main scripture, a devotional, and some questions for you to journal or ponder. The main scripture will be shown as a scripture quote that you are free to save and share. I hope you will engage your heart and join me this Advent season as we celebrate the beauty of our God, His plan to bring salvation, and redemption through the birth of Jesus Christ.

All is Grace,

Starla

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