Day 8 of Advent
Paula D. (2007)
Joys and Blessings
If I was asked today what my joys and blessings were I can tell you right now , that question would stop me in my tracks! I get so “busy” with life, I don’t stop and “count my blessings” as the saying goes.
I can tell you though, if someone asked me about my church family, I would say they have been a life line for me. I have been blessed by SO MANY people in this church and know that it’s because of Jesus in my life.
This is a perfect time of year to stop for a moment and look around to see and feel the joy and blessings that are right in front of you. Next time, after church service, linger a while longer or wander downstairs for coffee hour. There is a church family to fellowship with, with God’s blessings.
Gary Z. (2005)
I seek a better understanding of God. Jesus and The Holy Spirit. It helps me become a better Christian. I am trying to pattern my life after Jesus and it is good to know His history. It is challenging but not that hard. Thank you for the opportunity.
Irma W. (2004)
Emmanuel ~ God With Us
When daytime is troubled, the night overlong,
Fear thrusts at your faith, seeks to silence your song,
Is it true, even then, what His name declares,
That He is the One who always is there?
In the midst of the darkness shines He truly the light
So unknown before us the pathway glows bright?
Can we trust that His presence will give us release
And validate for us His promise of peace?
I’ve asked all the questions, felt all the pain.
I’ve cried out for answers, I’ve questioned His Name!
And in my anguish, my weakness, my desperate need for power
I’ve found the God of all ages is the God of the present hour.
No Challenge is so great, no anxious need so dire,
However wild the storm, however fierce the fire
No burdens through so heavy nor raging floods so deep
But He is there! He does not sleep!
Oh praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him!
Ring out the great church bell!
Shout it from the mountain height! I know, I know,
He is Emmanuel!
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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)"