Molly J. (2008)
Irma used the word blessing when asking me to write a piece for the advent booklet. I immediately thought-–God is working on me again. For the past few months I have been trying to use the word blessing more. I think of everything I have as a blessing from God-faith, family, friends, church family, health, work and on and on. However, I noticed that I often do not give God the praise and glory for the many blessings He has given me. For example, if someone was not injured in an accident I might say, “Wow, you are so lucky you weren’t hurt.” Later I would think… Why did I say that? As a Christian, I do not believe in luck. God has a plan in everything. I often tell students in my class that they are so fortunate to have such a caring family. It isn’t good fortune; it is God that gave them such a loving family. I know many people may think it is just semantics. For me it is a small way that I can focus my mind on God everyday so I will try to use the word “blessing” more. God has given me everything. He deserves the glory and honor. Genesis 39:5 states “; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field.” Thank you God. I am truly blessed.
Elaine M. (2007)
Jesus has brought me joy and I am thankful everyday, that I was raised in a Christian home. We also attended church as a family, on a regular basis. I know it has helped me deal with many things in my life. Thank you mom and dad.
Doug P. (2008)
Thank you Father for my only son, my first born. You made him strong, handsome, and healthy. You gave him a good heart when he was 5 years old. He’s 27 now. We hang out often and I would do anything for him. He loves his family. You gave up your only son so that we could be saved and become your sons and daughters through faith in Jesus. Your love for us is beyond our understanding. Your only son! I pray that you would bring Nick to recommit his life as an adult to you. For it is the only thing that really matters. By the blood of Jesus I ask. Amen.
Nelda P. (2008)
Lord, thank you for sending one of your children to us. Sarah has been a wonderful daughter, always knowing when I’m in need. A very caring and giving child. Thank you Lord.
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)"