Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!
My childhood memories of Advent involve pink and purple candles in church that seemed to clash with the red and green decorations of Christmas. There were always countdowns that included small gifts and treats, ultimately leading up to Christmas morning and presents under the tree. I didn’t fully understand the meaning, the preparation, the anticipation of the birth of Jesus until I tried to explain it to my children.
As adults, the stress of the holidays can easily overwhelm our calendars. It seems that we’re always making lists. Parties to attend. Food to prepare. Gifts to purchase. The true meaning of the birth of Christ is unintentionally lost in the diligence of December.
During this time of Advent, let’s take the time to recognize the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Great things for you and me. Declare with gratitude the many blessings in our everyday lives. Blessed be the Lord… Blessed be His glorious name forever. Exalt his name. Praise him. Worship him. Step away from the chaos of the season and take the time to remember the greatest gift of all. The God of Israel sent his Son to save us from our sins and bring us each eternal life. May the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Chanda Slenk is the director of communications for philanthropy and engagement at Hope College.
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