Pastor Pat (2010)
Rejoice that He was not born
Among mansions, chateaus, or palaces on high,
But a poor lowly stable hewn of stone
With heat breathed on Him from animals shown.
Rejoice that He lay there in a manger with hay
A joy to His parents while sharing this gift of love that day.
A joy to the shepherds to announce His birth
Caused a multitude of angels to come to the Earth.
When I think of His heritage as a King,
I am so grateful to be a follower to sing
Praise be to the Babe of Bethlehem
Who has brought the world peace from the great “I AM.”
Paul S. (2011)
Anticipation of Jesus (and Completion of Harvest)
Inspired by Elgin Darling, November 17, 2011
Seeds are planted in great anticipation
Crops emerge awaiting cultivation
The soil is dry but forecast rain is coming
Plants need rain but not the hail pounding
Sun and moisture in correction proportion
Faith and prayer are part of the potion
Summer is nearly over, preparing for the harvest
Tune the combine, give it nothing but the best
Anticipation growing, are the crops sufficiently dry?
Open up the barn, lets give a hopeful try
Making good progress now, boy, it sure did grow
Its mid-November now, oh no, is that snow?
Despite a long season and a few broken ribs
Expectation of finishing, lifts the tired spirit
Advent is almost upon us; 56 acres remain
Lights on the equipment lead the way, it is dark once again
No matter how the harvest concludes
The Lord My God will always come through
Bridget F. (2011)
God uses us to be His very own Christmas display. We can decide to be a lone candle hidden in the corner or we can reflect God’s love to our battered world. We can let a commercialized Christmas out shine Christ’s love or be a part of a glorious light display of love, compassion and forgiveness.
May Jesus lead you this season to areas where the world’s darkness needs His light!
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)"