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Journey to the Manger: Advent, December 19, 2013

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Advent means coming or arrival. The celebration of Advent by Christians is the anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child as well as his anticipated return as Christ the King.

Come here daily in December for your Journey to the Manger. Readings here will look at the symbols of advent and provide suggested readings and meditations.

On Day 19 be thankful for the gift of God's son.

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
~ 1 John 5:11

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 6:23

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

~ Titus 3:4-7

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

~ Phillips Brooks

Suggestion: Make a symbol of a gift for your Advent tree.

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