Purpose... Thirty three years before Jesus walked the dusty road to Calvary, He came to this earth in the body of an infant. The Creator became the created; wholly Divine and yet wholly human. In that humble stable 2000 years ago, as angels watched and a young mother labored, God put His plan into motion. Jesus was born into this world to give us a gift unimaginable. He came to bring us peace with God.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled
and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
Since sin first entered the world through an act of deception in the garden,
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust
in him, so that you may overflow with
by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
I praise you, Lord, for the hope you give! This blessed gift sustains me during difficult times and keeps me filled with your peace and joy no matter what is going on around me. Thank you! Your presence gives me strength and courage to face each day. I am overwhelmed with emotion as I think about your love for me. My heart is filled with gratitude and praise for you! Thank you, Lord!
During this Christmas season, I will be "Unwrapping the Gifts of Advent - Hope, Peace, Joy and Love" in my posts each Friday. The first gift of Advent is the gift of Hope, which was "opened" this weekend. (You can find the post here: The Gift of Hope.) Please join me as we explore the incredible blessing that God gave us through the birth of our Savior!
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On this first Sunday in Advent – the season when we prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Christ – we are reminded to place our hope in Him. He is our firm foundation and the Anchor which holds us fast. Jesus came to this earth, lived and then died among us in order to provide a way to bridge the gap between us and God. He came to give us hope – hope of a life forever with Him. Christ, the ultimate sacrificial Lamb, willingly took our sins upon His shoulders to set us free! What an incredible gift! No longer are we chained to our pasts or burdened with an uncertain future.
“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.
It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary” (Hebrews 6:19).
“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with
all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7
Oh Lord, in You, I have been blessed beyond measure! I praise your holy name! Thank you for the strength you give. You are the rock upon which I stand and I am secure with you. In You I have found all things I need. You are always faithful, always loving, and always wise. My heart is filled with thankfulness! I love you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.