walking through the advent together: day 17

Friends, today I have the honor to be guest posting over at Anne’s site Front Porch, Inspired. So do go and read today’s post on our Advent series — and while you are there, do linger around and let your soul be encouraged by the gentle, wise words that Anne shares with us. You will be blessed, for sure.

walking through the advent together: day 16

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On Mondays during this Advent season, we will focus on praying and setting our hearts right for the week.

“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:1-7)

Our Father in Heaven, we come before You with our hearts weary and worn out. We are waiting for the Christmas morning, for the Christmas miracle to come once again, Heaven coming to earth and Love bowing down to touch us broken and messy people. In this season, we are often reminded of just how much we are lacking, of our loneliness echoing in our souls real loud, of all the ways we could miss the mark and our fears reigning.

Lord God, we pray, help us not to be like the innkeeper who missed his Messiah, who has no room for the Savior in his inn. Help us not to put our work, our schedules, our plans before this perfect Gift of Yours, this new life laid in a manger who would give new life to us. Some days, we plain lose sight of the glory shining bright in the midst of the busyness of the season. Most days, we plain put ourselves before You, God. Still, Your forgiveness abounds as we walk through this life, this advent, showered with Your mercy.

Help us, God, to truly embrace this gift of Love and fix our gaze upwards this week. We want more of You, and less of ourselves this season. We want to see You in everything, to make room for You in every part of our life, of our heart.

walking through the advent together: day 15

Here, beloved, the story of our Hope is at our hands. He who is the the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End; He who has created the heaven and the earth — has come to end our exile, has come to heal our hearts and bind our brokenness. The Maker of the sun and moon, come down as the Light of the world to drive away our darkness.

walking through the advent together: day 14

Unto us a Child is given, unto us a Child is born — Christ our Lord reigning forevermore. Truly, the Light of the world given to us, that the darkness might not trap us anymore. So now, here, let us magnify the Lord — God with us, Immanuel, God our Savior.