It's Advent!!! For a few its Thanksgiving!
So fill your heart and spirit with tenderness, warmth and love.
Advent (from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming") is a season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus, in other words, the period immediately before Christmas.
Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the second coming. Christians believe that the season of Advent serves a dual reminder of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting that Christians today endure as they await the second coming of Christ.
Advent is one of the few Christian festivals that can be experimented in the home as well as in the church. In its association with Christmas, Advent is a natural time to engage kids in actions at home that openly connect with devotion at church. At home an Advent wreath is often placed on the dining table and the candles lighted at meals, with Scripture readings preceding the lighting of the candles, especially on Sunday. A new candle is lighted each Sunday during the four weeks, and then the same candles are lighted each meal during the week. In this environment, it provides the chance for family affection and prayer collectively, and helps teach the Faith to children, especially if they are involved in reading the daily Scriptures.
"It is truly a humbling experience to read back through the Old Testament and see how fragile and imperfect all the "heroes" actually are. Abraham, the coward who cannot believe the promise. Jacob, the cheat who struggles with everybody. Joseph, the immature and arrogant teen. Moses, the impatient murderer who cannot wait for God. Gideon, the cowardly Baal-worshipper. Samson, the womanizing drunk. David, the power abusing adulterer. Solomon, the unwise wise man. Hezekiah, the reforming king who could not quite go far enough. And finally, a very young Jewish girl from a small village in a remote corner of a great empire.
It never ceases to amaze me why God could not have chosen "better" people to do His work in the world. Yet if God can use them, and reveal Himself through them in such amazing ways, it means that He might be able to use me, inadequate, and unwise, and too often lacking in faith that I am. And it means that I need to be careful that I do not in my own self-righteousness put limits on what God can do with the most unlikely of people in the most unlikely of circumstances. I think that is part of the wonder of the Advent Season. "
(Courtesy:Dennis Bratcher )
I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving / Advent!