Get Ready

I was in my twenties before I heard then cherished the Christmas hymn O Come Emmanuel. For the first time I thought about the generations of saints who waited and longed for the promised Messiah.

Since then I celebrated Advent a handful of times before I made it the central part of my personal celebration several years ago.

Advent is an opportunity to refresh our perspective on God’s grand plan of redemption and remember His promises. The kept promises and the ones to be kept.

Jesus came. Emmanuel. God with us.

Just like the ancient people of God awaited the coming of the Messiah in flesh, we wait for the coming Messiah in glory. Advent is a yearly reminder of our waiting and prepares our hearts to celebrate Jesus, the One who came and is to come again.

One of the devotionals I will use this year is one I’ve used the past two seasons. Biola University’s Center for Christianity Culture and the Arts provides an excellent free resource. You can sign up for daily email devotionals here.

LifeWay also has a weekly reading plan for Advent 2018.  Check it out here.

Please join me in celebrating this season of Advent. Let me know if you’re using one of the resources I mentioned or if you use another.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.



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  1. Mabel Rudo Nyazika on December 2, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I preached in my church this morning on this first Sunday of advent, the main texts I used were Jeremiah 33: 14 – 16 and Luke 21 : 25 -26 It was uplifting to share how Jeremiah was pointing to Jesus who would bring in the rule of justice and righteousness. I had also included the hymn O come, O come Immanuel. I focused on the HOPE that Christ brings in our darkness.
    Thank you Marie for sharing your take on advent.

    • marieg on December 2, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      Mabel, you are a consistent source of encouragement to me. I love to hear what you and your congregation are learning. What a blessing to know what is happening with my brothers and sisters in Christ in the U.K. I am praying for you all.

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