Terry S. (2002)
What does it mean to have Jesus in my Life?
I guess it becomes clearer to me when I think of life without Jesus.
I think of fear, helplessness, insecurity, the feeling of being along and the most remote possibility (if I were absolutely perfect) of life after death with our Lord.
When I think of what it means to have Jesus in my life, I think of love, grace, peace and acceptance of me (with my imperfections) and the promise of eternal life. “John 3:16. “ Sure do need that grace.
Vivian S. (2002)
I don’t believe I have experienced the Lord speaking to me, but I do feel he nudges me into action or different timing for action. One such time was when my Dad was in a nursing home. I had been taking my Mother most days to visit him and planned to go this particular Sunday. As I was getting ready, I felt the urge to leave earlier than I normally did. When we arrived Dad was alone and I soon realized there was a change in him, so I had time to get mother in a chair and I took his hand. He died peacefully. I am certain he was waiting for us to come. Thank you Lord for having us there. I am comforted with these words from Isaiah 41:23, “For the Lord thy God will hold their right hand, saying unto thee, “Fear not: I will help thee.
Sharon E. (2013)
Fire of Advent …………………….. Edward Hays
“Advent, like its cousin Lent, is a season for prayer and reformation of our hearts. Since it comes at winter time, fire is a fitting sign to help us celebrate Advent…If Christ is to come more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our prayer. Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great responsibility not to waste this advent time.”
Donna O. (2003)
Jesus has given me many throughout my life. One that stands out is my husband’s family. My own family wasn’t able to love or care as I grew up. Then my husband came into my life. He accepted me as I was, and my family also. He never spoke of their shortcomings or unloving ways. He just loved me and showed me what a loving family should be like. They are wonderful people who are filled with the Holy Spirit. They showed me how to love my own family without saying a word just by the way they live and love all who come into their family without judging. It has been said that Ted’s family, is a model for the Norman Rockwell paintings. I am blessed beyond belief.
Greetings! This year's Advent devotions combine contributions from past years, interlaced with current contributions.
Introduction by the late Irma Ward, Pastor Emeritus:
"It is the prayer of those who have shared their Advent thoughts with you that this Holy Season will bring you a deepening sense of His presence. The One whose name is Emmanuel, God with Us!
Every page is personal witness of this fact, that in Christ we are encouraged, supported, comforted, challenged, forgiven, redeemed, blessed. Here are Scriptures of special meaning to persons in our fellowship; an intimate opening of hearts, a sharing of joy and pain, of promise and fulfillment. Some meditations are written by young children, others by youth and young adults, still others by mature and senior members of our fellowship. Each one reminds us we are one body, bound together in His love.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth, we have beheld His Glory. (John 1:14)"