This week marks the beginning of Advent. What that means varies from person to person. For me, it’s spending time reflecting on the birth of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While I am fully aware that the date is not right, what really matters to me is that people everywhere are more open to hearing the wonderful story of my Lords first advent.
This year is a little different in the Elswick household. My oldest son is working overseas, and my youngest daughter and her husband are many states away, needless to say, neither will be home for Christmas. As I grow older, and watch the changes occur in my family, I find myself getting just a little more melancholy. If you’re reading this, and have children at home, cherish those priceless days.
Before the tears cause my keyboard to stop working, let me get to the point. We can get into theological debates about the rights and wrongs of the Advent Season, or we can simply take pleasure in the atmosphere it brings. I choose the latter. Life’s way to short, and I prefer to enjoy it. To be honest, I believe my Father in heaven takes great delight when we rejoice in His accomplishments.
So, whether you believe in having a Christmas tree or not, at least allow the Light of heaven to illuminate your heart this Advent Season. If you know Christ as your Redeemer, permit Him to use your life as a conduit of righteousness. Wish someone a Merry Christmas. As you sow seeds of kindness, watch out! You’ll be reaping a harvest of joy.