FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT 2023
It’s the last week of Advent, and I pray that you’re preparation has been meaningful.
Below are the words from this last week, along with meditations, quotes, scriptures or prayers that reached my heart when I was researching each word. I also always include a photo that I’ve taken on trips or in my daily life. If you would like to receive these daily in your inbox, sign up here.
Sunday – COVENANT
“With it’s transition from darkness into increasing light, Advent symbolically shows me my journey from the weaknesses I acquire because I live in a fallen world, to the enabling grace offered to me in Christ’s life, ministry, atonement, crucifixion, and resurrection. His ministry to me is individual, tailored to my specific needs. He saves me by changing me, transforming me, and making me into something I am not now. He can convert me—if I will let Him—into a fit traveler, able to walk the COVENANT path that leads through the temple and back to my Heavenly Father. Jesus willingly walks with me, together, inviting me to take on His yoke (which is easy) and to exchange my burden for His (which is light). Advent reminds me to invite the Light of the World to illuminate my life. O come, o come, Emmanuel!”
Monday, Christmas Day – LIGHT
“Embracing the Advent darkness is about hope and trust, not despair. The LIGHT shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. The City of David was situated on a hill just a few miles south of Jerusalem. Weary travelers, brought in by the census, were packed in every available room in town. Yet, in the quietness of night, while the streets lay in sleepy silence, the stillness was broken by the cry of a baby. Into the darkness, LIGHT had dawned, and the course of history was forever changed in that little town of Bethlehem.”
O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by;
yet in thy dark streets shineth
the everlasting LIGHT.
The hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight!!
Hallelujah and Amen!
Thanks for following along with my
Advent Word of the Day for the last month.
It’s always a meaningful experience for me,
and I pray it was for you as well.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
“God of light and life,
give us hope as we wait
for Your coming again.
When we are tempted to be grateful
to have found You while others are lost,
send us out into the darkness
in search of those who need You most.
Teach us to love as You loved.