Roger E. (2011)
While on maneuvers, a battleship lookout noted a light in the dark, foggy night. After noting the light’s coordinates, the captain recognized his ship was on a collision course with the other vessel. The captain instructed, "Signal the ship: We are on a collision course, advise you change course 20 degrees."
The return signal countered, "Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees." The captain signaled, "I’m a captain, change course 20 degrees." The response was, "I’m a seaman second class, you’d better change course 20 degrees."
By this time the captain was furious. His signal curtly ordered, "I’m a battleship. Change course 20 degrees."
The reply: "I’m a lighthouse. You make the call." Allow the light of Christ to be steadfast in your life. Shine where He says shine, Go where He says Go.
Gary Z. (2013)
I think of being prepared as getting ready.
Put your heart and mind in the right spot.
Think about God and Jesus.
Think about them all the time.
Don't forget about the Holy Spirit.
I would like to learn more and that is "being prepared" means to me.
Rod H. (2012)
Like the stars in a clear night sky, or grains of sand on an endless beach, my blessings are too many to name, let alone try and enumerate. God’s blessings are all around me and often I don’t even know them until afterward when I have time to reflect.
A good days work done, the smile of a friend, a bright young eye, a warm touch; these are all blessings unlooked for but welcome nonetheless. Blessings abound and the joyful among us are those who can see them (even belatedly) instead of the curses that lurk in the shadows and crowd the light from our hearts.
Be mindful of your blessings this day and this season. I hope that they overflow for you all the coming year, and most of all that they give you rest and time to enjoy them; each and every one.
Mary D. (2012)
I give thanks every day for the countless blessings God has given me. This beautiful world we get to enjoy; the green grass, trees in all seasons and beautiful flowers. For my loving husband, precious children and grandchildren. I can’t imagine my life without them all. I’m so grateful for my church and the friends I have there…Countless blessings that we all have each and everyday because of Him.
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)"