Discussing
Advent is for Longing

Steven Koster

John
December 23, 2008

Let me put another twist to this. He was seven and his Mom had died not to long ago. Dad was doing what he could, but on Christmas eve this little boy got to go with his Dad. His Dad went to this new place and the little boy couldn't go in, because he had to be twenty one to get in those places. So, he sat in the car and waited for his Dad, but to his surprize there was a nice lady who came walking by. She waved at him as she went into the building. You know she was a nice lady in that she came back out and gave the little boy a soda and she didn't even have to. Then later she came out with a hamburger and fries and another soda. What a wonderful lady to do that for this little boy and she didn't even know him. It was a time before child welfare laws and social workers, but there was still nice people out there. Remember God loves us and does things that will bring us all home. In God' Grace John and Merry Christmas

Robin
December 23, 2008

Thank You for this wonderful reminder of how we need to be preparring our hearts for Christs' comming. I too blogged today a little bit on Advent, waiting for our God to come and be with us, Emanuel! I pray our hearts as Christians will start to give ourselves fully to the one we call LORD of our lives. Let's mean what we say, bow down and surrender it all. God bless you this Christmas, may you have a Christlike Christmas, and may your heart continue to be forever changed for the Glory and purposes of our Lord. <br><br>P.S. I like how you can change the color of the blog. Is that an application I can put into a <a href="http://wordpress.com" rel="nofollow">wordpress.com</a> blog?

Jerod
December 23, 2008

Thanks for your comments.<br><br>I am by no means our web expert, but I think the color change options are part of our custom designed skin.<br><br>Have a great Christmas.

David Ker
December 23, 2008

Beautiful, Steven. Almost stirred some Christmas spirit in my Scroogy heart.

PMDubuc
December 24, 2008

Advent is almost over for this year. It began on November 30th. We had a whole 25 days to prepare. Are we ready? Each year for the last several, I've tried to observe Advent more in the way you describe. These days when someone asks, "Are you ready for Christmas?" I tend to think more about my spiritual condition and less about the usually expected answer to that question. Getting ready really means realizing how truly empty we are without a Saviour. It's difficult to push aside the cultural influences that get in the way of this, but it's worth the effort even for modest goals. Anything gained in this direction is worth the effort to draw closer to God. Nothing else really meets our deepest needs.<br><br>Thanks,

Dons
December 24, 2008

I'd never thought about it from that perspective. If the Lord be not come, please post this next November so more of us may plan our season appropriately...

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