Years ago I bought our family an Advent banner to help us prepare for Christmas. Each day had a pocket in which I put little pieces of candy. I explained to the children that after dinner each night we would talk about Christmas and they could take the candy for that day.
“Sweet!” exclaimed Sam.
As the days went by, excitement grew. We talked about Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and their sheep, and the little town of Bethlehem. Sweet, indeed, is the coming of Jesus!
The church season of Advent is four weeks of preparation for the coming of the Christ child. Each week we think about what we have in Jesus: hope, peace, joy, and love. Then on Christmas Eve, we add light to that list. Jesus is the Light of the World, and His light shows us the way, ends the darkness, and reveals the glory of God.
The December spiritual guide has Scriptures of hope for week one, peace for week two, joy for week three, and love for week four. The last few days give us Scripture about light. Every good and perfect gift is from the Father of heavenly lights. Open and share these gifts.
Happy Advent and Merry Christmas! Bobbie Denny, spiritual lay leader