Elaine Cousino (1997)
The Christmas Star
Some stories tell of the Christmas Star,
How it guided the shepherds from afar.
Its brightness sent a powerful light glowing,
Illuminating the darkest night.
That Purest Light that shone so bright
Did come from heaven; yes that’s right,
And laid its radiance in a manger
Where cold and pain is not a stranger.
That Star from heaven knows our needs,
Our each temptation and flaw revealed
Yet loves us still and continues to shine,
Giving us Light for life Divine.
Shiloh Canale (M&M Kid 1997)
“O Lord God of hosts, who is as mighty as you, O Lord? Your faithfulness surrounds you.”
This verse is special to me because it says his faithfulness takes care of me.
Helen Edwards (2002)
Advent Time is a time for me to review the year that has just passed and prepare for the birth, once again, of our Lord Jesus. It is a time to reflect on what I have done to serve Our Lord and a time of Joy brought by the knowledge that He is always there and always will be. Having Jesus in my life gives meaning and deep feeling to everything I set out to do.
I draw on Him for strength, courage and wisdom. I know he is always there when I need Him to lean on. Knowing He is watching over me gives me a deep desire to do what will be pleasing for Him. Serving Him fills my heart and my life with joy and happiness. I have not always followed the narrow road to Jesus, but I have always believed in Him and He has always been there to welcome me back when I have strayed. My journey to Christ was rocky and treacherous for about 40 years between age 16 when I was baptized and 40 when I was reaffirmed in baptism. Christ was there all the time for me, but I wasn’t paying any attention. I am amazed that He waited for me for so many years. Now I feel His presence in all that I do and I know it is only through Him that I am all that I am and all I will ever be. Praise God our Father. In Jesus Holy Name…Our Counselor, Our Protector, Our Provider.
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)"