As soon as Thanksgiving is over—even earlier for many, especially retailers—it’s the Christmas season. We start shopping, decorating, cooking, partying …. It’s easy to forget that we are celebrating the birth of the Savior of the World.
That’s why many Christians observe Advent, a time of penitence and preparation leading up to Christmas. We remember the birth of Jesus in history, and we look forward to His Second Coming at the end of time.
Each year, I do some extra Bible reading during Advent and journal my thoughts and daily prayers. Tomorrow, on the first day of Advent, I will begin posting my personal meditations from last year on this blog. The devotions, The Light of the World, are also available as a PDF download so you can print them and read them at your convenience.
If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, I hope these devotionals will help you prepare for Jesus’s coming—at Christmas and in the Day of the Lord. If you are not yet a believer, I invite you to read and look for the truth. Contact me if you have questions.
ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen. ~ Collect for Advent from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer