Week 1 -almost over! Really???

Christmas is the season the promises to touch our deepest needs and to meet our deepest longings;  it is the story of God remembering us, caring about us, and squeezing himself into time and space, drawing near …”Exploring Advent with Luke”  Timothy Clayton

If we believe that, then why the do we continue to live life as though nothing changes for these 4 weeks of Advent.  We see the purple, the special candles, the prayers, the Advent wreath, and yet,we put our shopping list ahead of our prayer list.  Does anyone still believe in the story of God’s Love?

Let’s take a look at Luke’s gospel (do you have your Bible handy?) and read it as a beautiful love story.  Luke is known as cropped-eaf51e927ed35ee7be0f100073111cb8.jpegone who tells a good story, a parable. Luke opens with disappointment, both Zechariah and Elizabeth were good people, they could not have children.  Luke just doesn’t leave the story like that, no he adds to the plot.  It was Zechariah’s turn to enter the temple, and it was there that “an angel of the Lord” appeared to him.  So much for surprise, now what?  Who is going to believe me when I tell them this?  Then the angel says ” Do not be afraid Zechariah, your prayer has been heard.” (Lk 1:11-13a)  “your wife, Elizabeth will bear a son and you will name him John.”  (Lk 1:13-14)

Today we are going to look at disappointment and joy.  Have you ever been faced with these two very real feelings?  Our Lord and Savior will come to us, are we ready?  How did Zachariah and Elizabeth handle the news?  How did they prepare for the birth of their son?

The first week of Advent is almost over, did it make a difference to me, was I aware of it?

How am I preparing for the real meaning of Christmas?  Don’t miss out on the real joy, peace and love of this season.  It’s a heart, mind and soul thing!

In the days of King Herod of Judaea there lived a priest called Zechariah who belonged to the Abijah section of the priesthood, and he had a wife, Elizabeth by name, who was a descendant of Aaron.

6 Both were upright in the sight of God and impeccably carried out all the commandments and observances of the Lord.

7 But they were childless: Elizabeth was barren and they were both advanced in years.

8 Now it happened that it was the turn of his section to serve, and he was exercising his priestly office before God

9 when it fell to him by lot, as the priestly custom was, to enter the Lord’s sanctuary and burn incense there.

10 And at the hour of incense all the people were outside, praying.

11 Then there appeared to him the angel of the Lord, standing on the right of the altar of incense.

12 The sight disturbed Zechariah and he was overcome with fear.

13 But the angel said to him, ‘Zechariah, do not be afraid, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth is to bear you a son and you shall name him John.

14 He will be your joy and delight and many will rejoice at his birth,

 

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