Good morning beautiful friend,
Today is the first Sunday in Advent—a time of expectation and hope filled with rich traditions. During these past two years, many of us have been inundated with tragedy, covid, shutdowns, financial hardships, and loneliness. Jim and I have really hit hard times as well, but Advent reminds us of God’s love through it all. We have learned to trust in Jesus in depths we didn’t know we could reach.
This year we announced to the family that maybe we should forgo the giving of presents. It is not safe for Jim and I to go to the mall and risk getting sick for a store-bought gift. So, we pondered, “What if Christmas doesn’t come from a store?” What if it doesn’t come with ribbons and wrapping? Instead of spending money on presents we don’t really need or want, we decided we were going to make a priority of spending time together. Really, for a mom, that is truly the greatest gift they can give me. Quality time together. Intentional time. Time that will nourish my soul in a way a new pair of slippers never could.
And truly, the greatest gift has already been given--our Savior Jesus. He brings peace, light, and joy. Joy to the world, the Lord has come. And all we have to do is open the door to our heart and receive Him. In the midst of trials, His Presence brings comfort. Friends, let’s be like God. Let’s give our presence to those we love. Let’s share food, light candles, and welcome hope born in a manger into our homes and hearts.