The angel Gabriel said to Mary, "with God,
nothing is impossible" (Luke1:37).
If you believe in miracles, you believe in
Christmas! The first Christmas was such a miracle-studded
event. As if the appearance of the angel Gabriel wasn't miracle
enough, he announced the birth of 2 children, one to Elizabeth, a woman
thought to be barren, and the other to Mary, a virgin.
Then more angel sightings! Fearful
shepherds saw God's glory and heard the good news of great joy
proclaimed from the heavens! At the same time, wise men also knew
of Jesus' birth and traveled a great distance to find him (and they
miraculously did - without GPS, cell phones or maps!). An obscure
baby born in a manger amazingly became news of great significance
even posing as a threat to King Herod. The holy family
then escaped danger through the warnings in a dream. Christmas
was one miracle after another!
To each of us, Christmas holds many
meanings and memories but it should always remind us of
miracles. Our God is a God of miracles, not only more than
2000 years ago but until today. Let's fix our eyes on the light
of Jesus' star so we can find the miracles that He is waiting to
lovingly give us in our lives!
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Start a heartwarming tradition with your
family this year. Make a simple advent wreathe and light a candle
for every week that passes. Each sunday during one family meal,
while the candle is lighted, have everyone share a blessing, it will
make your season all the brighter! Remember to light the pink
candle on the 3rd sunday of Advent.
You may also say a simple advent prayer
Here's how to make a simple Advent Wreathe:
4 short clear glasses
(you may re-use old coffee containers)
3 violet votive
candles and 1 pink one (you may use all white if you can't find these
trimmings - you can
use old Christmas decor vines, artificial flowers, leaves and
vines, paper vines (see instructions below), ribbons, twigs, fresh
flowers or plants.
How to make:
Position the 4
glasses 6" apart from each other on a flat surface.
Form a circle shape
with the wire with a diameter of 12".
Center the wire
shape under the glasses (keeping the position of the glasses).
Use your a ribbon or
more wire to attach the glasses to the wire.
Decorate the wire by
attaching trimmings evenly. This is where your creativity is
needed. Another idea: you may place your advent wreathe in a wide
brim pot so the candles are surrounded with live plants.
To make paper vines: Using green crepe
paper, cut a 7" x 4 ft strip then twist until it looks like a
vine. Cut crepe shapes (pattern after real leaves) and glue onto
the crepe "vine". Since paper is highly flammable, be sure that
the candles are short and safely within the confines of the glass.
Never leave the advent wreathe candles burning unattended. Just
light for a duration of a meal or while prayers are being said.
(we encourage you to make your own too!)
Dear Lord Jesus,
thank You for Your loving presence in our lives. We invite You to
come into our hearts & into our home in a deeper way this advent
season. May we wait upon You amidst this busy time,
seeking Your voice always. Give us a spirit full of
hope and anticipation for all the good You have prepared for us in
the days to come. Fill our lives with Your love, joy and
peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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