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Journey to the Manger: Advent, December 4, 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 4 acknowledge that man was separated from God by the sin of Adam. That sin lives on in the human race.

Man needed a savior to come to cleanse and restore the black heart. Advent is the anticipation of His coming.

But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear.
~ Isaiah 59:2

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
~ Romands 3:23-24

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

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When Thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room
For Thy holy nativity.

Refrain

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

When the heav’ns shall ring, and her choirs shall sing,
At Thy coming to victory,
Let Thy voice call me home, saying “Yet there is room,
There is room at My side for thee.”

My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
When Thou comest and callest for me.

~ Emily E. Elliot, 1864

Suggestion: For your Advent Tree, make a symbol of a black heart as a reminder of the need for a savior.

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