Thursday, December 08, 2011

First Sundy of Advent- Receive and Give

This was from the First Sunday in Advent

        This Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent. Advent is the season known for waiting. All of us understand this very well, for we were all once children.  The anticipation of Christmas builds during these weeks. We slowly build up to one of our highest points of the year, the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
          It is good that we look forward to Christmas so eagerly.  We really want it to come. For some of you, you want it to get here so you can get your presents. For others, you want it to get here so you can see the smiles on the faces of those that you brought presents for.
          These are both good reasons. It is a blessing to receive presents but it is even a greater blessing to give them. 
          Of course, we all know why we are celebrating and that is because God is the greatest giver of all. The Father gave the Son to the World. The Son gave His life to save sinners. The Spirit gives Himself to dwell with us always.
          Our part in all of this giving from God is to receive it gladly and then to learn to give to others the way that God gives to us.
          If you have held yourself back from receiving God’s gift of Jesus to you. Or, if you have refused to give yourself away to others in Jesus’s name, then there is room for repentance so that God’s gifts will flow to and through you.

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