Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 21

Dianne Stillwell

Saturday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 21, 2013

"$80. That's the cost," I told her. "The American Girl doll bed you want to get her is $80. That is a lot of money! Are you sure you don't want to consider something else? Kelsey would be thrilled with something a little less extravagant."

"No, I want to save my money and get it for her. She would love it and Molly would finally have her own bed!"
So the savings began.

Advent Devotional: Friday, December 20

H. R. Wilson

Friday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 20, 2013

Does it seem to you that the past year has been filled more than usual with serious illnesses, mourning the loss of loved ones, economic distress, environmental disasters, wars, political carnage and other woes?  How can one remain stable in such an uncertain and depressing time?  Is it even possible to be joyful?

God has always made it possible for his people to turn sorrow, distress and weeping into joy in spite of the situation.  The Psalmist was aware of this in saying, “In his anger there is distress, in his favor there is life.  Tears may linger at nightfall, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Ps 30:5).

Advent Devotional: Thursday, December 19

Dorothy Coleman Renfro

Thursday,  Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 19, 2013

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

One day last summer our six-year-old great grandson, Joshua, came running into the house to have lunch.  He had been to Vacation Bible School at his church.  After the blessing was said he looked at me and said,  “Did you know Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins?”  The joy in my heart was so great I don’t remember my reply.

Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 18

Martha Jett

Wednesday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 18, 2013

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.  Psalm 100:1-2

Music started long before people could read and write to record events in their lives.  The oldest civilized people believed that music had come from heaven and was sent to them by the gods.

Advent Devotional: Tuesday, December 17

Marie Case Crain

Tuesday, Third Week of Advent:  Joy
December 17, 2013


How are they to call on one in whom they have not believed?  And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard?  And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim?  Romans 10:14

After hearing the concert on October 20, and listening to the music of Phil Quinn, the quartet and the choir, my heart was touched and my soul rejoiced.  How could I have been blessed with such an experience when I was so undeserving and unworthy of this reward?

Advent Devotional: Monday, December 16

Jean Steinhauer

Monday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 16, 2013


As the choir began to prepare for the Christmas music this year, we began to practice a song called “In the Bleak Midwinter”.  It is a beautiful song based on a poem written by Christina Rossetti for Scribner’s Magazine around 1872.  It was later made a Christmas carol by its inclusion in the English Hymnal in 1904.  As I began to sing along with the CD that Phil always prepares for us to listen to the music, I was drawn to the words of the last stanza ….

Advent Devotional: Sunday, December 15

Maureen Moynahan Elwyn

Sunday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 15, 2013
Light the Candle of Joy

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation.  Psalm 95:1

Last Sunday night during their weekly telephone call, I heard my husband’s grandmother telling him how much she enjoyed leading the music at the Senior Citizen’s Center in her hometown. “I don’t sing very well,” Grandma Marge admitted, “but I love to. Singing makes me feel like I am laughing inside.” Seated on the couch within hearing range, I chuckled to myself, because I know exactly how she feels. The very act of singing makes me happy.