It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Chapter 11, Page 27, Book 11



This Advent we look to the Wise Men to teach us where to focus our attention. We set our sights on things above, where God is. We draw closer to Jesus... When our Advent journey ends, and we reach the place where Jesus resides in Bethlehem, may we, like the Wise Men, fall on our knees and adore him as our true and only King.

Mark Zimmermann 

R AND R SIMDAY / BEGINNING A JOURNEY

This is the first Sunday of the Advent Season.  

This year I'd like to take you along with me on a journey.  Today and for the next 3 weeks before Christmas I'll be sharing bits and pieces of how I am preparing for Christmas.  

Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the Way.  Advent is all about waiting, hoping and praying.

Advent is defined as: the beginning of an event, the invention of something, or the arrival of a person and for Christians, Advent is the period of four weeks before Christmas. The season of Advent is meant to be one of expectant reflection, anticipating the coming Messiah. 

I always have an Advent wreath sitting on the dining room table and each day I'll be lighting a candle and saying a little prayer. The candles on the wreath will be lighting the way as I journey toward Christmas.

May the coming light that is our Lord
fill you and yours with joy and peace.
During the coming Christmas season 

May you be blessed 
With the spirit of the season, which is peace,
The gladness of the season, which is hope,
And the heart of the season, which is love.

When the wise men came from the east seeking Jesus, they went to Jerusalem.  They were looking for a newborn king, so they naturally went to the palace located in the capital city.   But Jesus was born in a lowly stable.  In order to teach the lessons and live out the examples of Christianity for us to follow, he descended to the very lowest of the lowly. 

The Wise Men from my Nativity set will be placed in the far most corner of my front room and each Sunday I'll be moving them a little closer to that stable where Mary and Joseph await the birth of their Son.

The Magi (wise men) don't get mentioned much during advent. They came on the scene a few weeks, and maybe even 2 years, after the angels and shepherds showed up, so during advent they don't get a lot of attention.  We don't know for sure how long they were gone, but it could have been a few months to a couple of years. 

You've heard the saying, Wise Men Still Seek Him. Let's be wise!

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Matthew 2:1

The wisdom of the Magi is to join them on the journey, one week at a time. As you share your gifts among your families, friends and even the least of these among you in the weeks to come, become one of the Magi giving your gift to others, as if that gift goes to the baby Jesus. You’ll never look at getting gifts for your loved ones the same way again.
R AND R can mean many different things.  For this Advent Season I'll be getting READY and REFLECTING.


'On Ya'-ma

6 comments:

Jean said...

Great story MA. Have a good day. Jean

jack69 said...

I love to hear it (read it), it is never too old. Thanks. Our weather is sleeping weather, or must be, I am falling asleep as I type..

Always a good entry!!!

That corgi :) said...

I like that you will be reflecting and readying yourself in these four weeks before Christmas! What is interesting about the wise men, for me, is when they came to ask Herod where the king was, Herod was clueless. The wise men had followed the stars, Herold and his "wise men" had the scripture to refer to and I don't think they were studying hard enough, otherwise they would have known for sure Bethlehem was where the king would be born. It is a good reminder to us to keep learning more about God because one day Jesus will come back and we want to be prepared!!

Looking forward to reading what you share about your Christmas preparations over the next few weeks.

betty

Sonya said...

Thanks for sharing with us.

Hollie said...

I always enjoy sharing Advent with you! It's a special trip to share in the journey with you!

TARYTERRE said...

I enjoyed hearing this. Light your wreath and let Advent begin. Take care.