Little Thoughts for Advent

Far from Perfect, Far from Pointless

Well, I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that Christmas has come and gone that the 15th December is long forgotten.. Needless to say, despite the best of intentions, keeping up with the blog posts to update you on our advent adventure just odd not go to plan and, although we still ventured through our preparations for Christmas, relaying them was something that I just did not seem to have the hours in the day to do.

As I don’t like to leave loose ends untied, I’m going to take this opportunity to give your little summary of how our last ten days panned out.

Day 15: John 1 verses 7-9 & carol: See in Yonder Manger

Day 16: John 3 verse 21 & carol: In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Day 17: John 8 verse 12 & carol: Hark the Herald

Day 18: John 12 verse 35 & carol: Once in Royal David’s City

Day 19: John 12 verse 46 & carol: O Little Town of Bethlehem

Day 20: Matthew 10 verse 27 & carol: Go Tell it on the Mountain

Day 21: John 8 verse 12 & carol: Emmanuel – Hallowed Manger Ground.

If you were following along with us, I’m sure you’ll have become aware that our focus was very much on light-reminding us that Jesus came to be light in the dark of this world and how at Christmas we celebrate The gift of light and hope.

Over the remaining few days, we looked at the key events of the Christmas story and, we did this using The Jesus Storybook Bible- if you haven’t ever read it, be sure to find a copy. The beautiful imagers reflect the beauty of the message. While we listened to a number of different carols over Christmas, our final carol could be nothing other than Away in a Manger.

In regards to our activities, our days leading up to Christmas were filled with baking, wrapping, catching up with friends, visiting and delivering gifts and as for the books, well, we kinda just delved into the box and explored our treasures.

It’s hard to believe that another Christmas has come and gone and that soon, Todd will be disappearing for another year. Listening yo our little people pray on Christmas Eve that in the midst of presents and food the next day, that they would not forget what Christmas was all about, was a reminder to me that even though all our activities hadn’t always gone to plan and that my recording of what we had been doing definitely hadn’t, Β that our Adventure had been worth it.

I had hoped to be able to relate tales of plans running smoothly and activities which worked like clockwork. Alas, in our humanity, imperfections are par for the course. It also reminds us how, when God’s Son came to earth, the setting was far from perfect, but that didn’t mean God couldn’t use Him to do incredible things. We Β say not always feel that things go perfectly, but, that doesn’t mean that God can’t work in those situations-even if they fall far short of what we had hoped for.

As I close our little adventure, I’ll turn to The Jesus Storybook Bible, which, quite simply, says it all:

‘And there in the stable, amongst the chickens and donkeys and the cows, in the quiet of the night, God gave the world His wonderful gift. The baby that would change the world. His baby Son… This baby would be like that bright star shining in the sky that night. A Light to Light up the whole world. Chasing away darkness. Helping people to see. And e darker the night got, the brighter the star would shine.’

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