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Advent 2018 Day 22

I apologize for being late with today’s Advent post, and tomorrow’s will be posted before lunch, but one of our sons got to come home yesterday and then, on top of that blessing, we got to have a visit with our 2 yr old grandson!  His other grandparents, from another state, traveled to bring him to our home for the first time yesterday.  I cooked a late lunch for us, and then we took him to see the Zoo Lights at our local zoo.  It was our first outing with him and well, that was my first priority.  It was such a wonderful day of making memories.  We miss our son so much, and yesterday was bittersweet and beyond precious, all at the same time.  I know some of you will understand.  Pray for us as we have our first Christmas since his death, and it is not easy.  On a good note, we were surprised with all of our other kids being able to be here for Christmas!!

While this is a celebratory time with them being here, we want to be most aware of the Light of the World that came and why we celebrate Christmas.

Here is today’s Gospel Message of Light:

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation;  whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;  of whom shall I be afraid?

Isaiah 9:2

The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.

Isaiah 60:1, 19

Arise, shine, for your light has come,and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you….
The sun shall be no more your light by day,nor for brightness shall the moon
give you light;
but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.

Malachi 4:2a

But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.

Luke 1:76-79

“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
    in the forgiveness of their sins,
 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    whereby the sunrise shall visit us[a] from on high
 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

John 12:46

“I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.”

1 John 1:5-9

 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Revelation 22:5

And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

Father, Keep the Light of Your Son ever before us, reveal the darkness of sin in our lives, and turn our hearts away from the darkness and toward Your Light.  Amen

I hope you enjoy today’s Advent gift.  I made clusters from the Holly Jolly kit.

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6 thoughts on “Advent 2018 Day 22”

  1. Although it has been 17 years since we lost our son at Christmas, it still hurts. My heart goes out to you in, this, your first Christmas without your son. I am so very glad though that the special blessing of your grandson being brought to your home has happened, along with the blessing of having all of your other children there as well. God is keeping his arms around you. And I continue to keep you and yours in prayer. Merry Christmas! And thank you for sharing the scriptures and our Lord with us and also sharing with us your wonderful talents. Sending heartfelt love your way.

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  2. Christmas is such a time of hope, but also a time of remembrance. And though my special family members are now gone, I recall memories of Christmas’ past and think on the sweet memories that were made during those times. But my heart still aches, so I understand. Saying a prayer right now that God will give you and your family peace as you think on the blessed times that your son was there to make sweet memories with you!

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  3. Oh my .. your first Christmas after losing a loved one is beyond hard .. I lost my mum on 23rd December 2004, so that Christmas was sad, but we tried hard to make it happy for the kids! We always have a toast for those that are no longer with us as a way of honouring them, and letting them know they are still remembered and loved. Sending you hugs & strength to help you have a good Christmas, and to let yourself remember the good times 🙂 So happy that you got such a wonderful visit with your grandson, what a blessing. And having the rest of your family there will help you all 🙂 Thank you so much for another beautiful gift 🙂

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