White Advent – Good News for December 7

7 12 2009

Isaiah 35:1-5

The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; They will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak. Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God…

The Daily Path: As I write this morning, the ground outside my home is covered in a beautiful blanket of white. While for many, snow is a normal part of the daily winter existence, it is rare to have a White Advent here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For me, the snow is a blessing. When my children wake up and see their home blanketed in what most would call “just a dusting”, they will experience great joy. I’m sure a scrawny little snow man will quickly be constructed before they depart for school. Their white joy in the moments just ahead will likely be what they remember most about this Christmas season. In a year when there will be far less under the tree or arriving in St. Nic’s sack, God is showering great abundance on our family. He is showing me that all we need will be provided. He’s putting His arm around me as if to to say “Put your anxiety here with me. It will be okay.”

On a night when so many were put at risk due to the unusually low temperatures, my family had a roof over their heads and heat to keep them safe. How can I see anything but His abundance? Once again, He has touched my heart and strengthened my weak knees.

Room to Chat: Father, thank you for the great abundance you provide. In these days of distraction, keep my eyes fixed on the true meaning of Christmas. May this Advent further prepare us for the greatest gift of all. Touch the heart of those in harm’s way. Keep them safe and wrapped in the warmth of your love.

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