The Church begins its preparation period for the Birth of Jesus on Sunday December 1st. Each year, the Church sets aside the four weeks before Christmas as a time of preparation, the Season of Advent, so that we may bring about a renewal in our lives. We are preparing ourselves so that we may celebrate with joy and confidence the birth of Him who came to save our souls, teach and help us to love.
In a season of many special things to enjoy and lists of many things to do… this invitation to behold the warm light at the manger and Adore Him is always wonderful.
Light, God’s light is the theme that we’ll use in various ways each week. This week I am already thinking about Wise Men setting out on their long journey, traveling by starlight. Just that story image unfolding in the background makes me appreciate your journey. Yes, your journey. I never tire hearing what brought you to this point in life and this place. I trust that our yearnings and hopes find us together and amazed at the manger of the child. And singing.
Come, dearest child, into our hearts,
and leave your crib behind you!
Let this be where the new life starts
for all who seek and find you.
To you the honor thanks, and praise,
for all your gifts this time of grace.
Come conquer and deliver
this world, and us, forever.
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