Saturday, November 26, 2011
Black Friday is over and yet something tells me the mad rush has only begun. What are you most eagerly waiting for this Christmas? Better yet - what are you functionally waiting for this Christmas - sure we say one thing, but our hearts scream another. Things that compete for my joy once again this year are gifts, yummy foods, family fun, christmas tunes, and a thriving church (by that I mean a church full of people). All wonderful gifts from God, but all pseudo joys.
This year we have developed an advent guide to use with our church. It is designed to help us build a sense of anticipation and waiting for two events. One which has already happened and one which is to come. Christ has come, and yet we want to help one another feel like Israel did as they awaited a King. At the same time - we realize we now await a more glorious event - the coming of our Savior - redemption from these mortal bodies and joy with Him forever in heaven!
If you would like a guide like ours to help you and your family think heavenward this year, the village church has a great guide online which you can download and print off here. It is of utmost importance that we as leaders and fathers guide our children to consider Christ above all this season. It is our one and only joy.