Advent is a time to prepare for the most special guest that can possibly come to us: Jesus himself. The season reminds us that it is a time to put our spiritual house in order, to make careful preparations, and to bring forward the best of ourselves. If we do as much for visitors to our homes, how much more ought we to prepare spiritually for the coming of the Son of God! Like a much-loved guest, Jesus comes not to inspect our housekeeping or grade our hospitality but he comes to be with us because he loves us. The atmosphere of Advent is joyful expectation.
Have a wonderful Season of Advent.
God bless! -- Dave (Email me at email@example.com to share your suggestions and questions.)
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Lord, watch over your people, who come to you in confidence. Strengthen the hearts of those who hope in you. Give courage to those who falter because of their failures. In this holy season of Advent, lead them closer to you in hope, by the power of your Holy Spirit. May they one day proclaim your saving acts of kindness in your eternal kingdom. Amen.
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