Sunday, November 28, 2010

Knowing God - Psalm 57:8

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This month --- if you can --- spend a minute with your family lighting candles,
reading the daily devotions together, and watching for Christ in Christmas
 
Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn.
Psalm 57:8
 
Advent! 
 
Today is the first Sunday of this holy season.
 
In one sense advent means dawning. And dawn means awakening. Two thousand years ago, the Holy Spirit was moving like a gentle breeze that stirs before the rising of the sun. In moments, earth and Israel would awaken to the coming of the Messiah. Unfortunately, too many people kept on sleeping. (Indeed, they wound up shooting the rooster; crucifying the Son.)
 
The Holy Spirit still stirs today. He wants to awaken our world and stir your heart.
 
In one sense advent means dawning. This year, I hope it also comes to mean adventure. Lace up your hiking boots and join me for four minutes a day as we turn this December into an advent adventure.
 
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who wants to awaken his heart
from a long winter’s nap
(and it's not even winter yet)
 
Quick Question: What does advent mean to you?
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Advent to me ... I didn't grow up celebrating advent and don't fully understand it.  The way I understand it, it is a way of preparing for the birth of Jesus. Of preparing your heart for Christmas.  Me? I want to curl up with my feather pillow under by flannel/denim comforter with my snuggle puppy Lucy and crawl out in February. 

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