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Present in Advent

Last Sunday was the first Sunday in Advent. With joy we turn our attention to God’s gift of love. Jesus came as an infant to fully participate in our human experience, and then provide a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus as newborn baby and Son of God was presented at the temple in Jerusalem.

And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. Luke 2:22

In a letter to Timothy, Paul gives instruction to present ourselves before the Lord

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

Our children attended Awana clubs. The purpose of Awana is to teach Bible verses to children, encouraging them to memorize. The letters in Awana stand for: Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed. The Bible verses that they committed to memory have been a blessing in their lives.

Our son, Steven, memorized 2 Timothy 2:15 and commented on it in the little journal that he kept. In the last days of his life the truth of the Bible guided his thoughts and comments.

As we approach Christmas let us recognize God’s gift with awe and seek to come to Him, continuing to learn and grow in our faith. 

Every Friday Kate gives a one word writing prompt. Today’s prompt is: PRESENT Visit the writing community here.

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

9 Comments on “Present in Advent

  1. I hope that I can deal with it,
    this precious gift I’m handed,
    and in preaching never quit
    though some won’t undertand it,
    the Good News that will never fail,
    the love that lies behind it;
    some think it’s just a fairy tale
    because they have been blinded
    by the flesh that they prefer,
    unbelieving it’ll one day rot
    and that there’s nothing will defer
    their awul fate if they are caught
    out in their scorn before the throne,
    no matter how they plead and groan.

    1. When I spend time in the God’s Word I find peace and hope that overcomes the confusion and stress of 2020. Thanks for visiting!

  2. I’m attempting to be more present in Advent this year, also. I pray God gives us both wisdom in our journeys closer to Him.

    Amie, FMF #13

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