Tommy Valentine

Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 24

Tommy Valentine

Fourth Week of Advent: Love
Saturday, December 24, 2011

. . . and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  Luke 2:7 NIV

The  waiting is over.  Children can hardly be still enough to go to bed, anxious to see the gifts that will be left under the tree.  Last minute gift buying, mailing of Christmas cards, wrapping of presents, the preparing of meals, all this and more fill this day with activities.  But tonight it all comes to a close.  Even in reading the Christmas story, you sense that this night brings a close to the waiting.

Advent Devotionals: Introduction

The season of Advent is always a meaning-filled time in the life of the church.  We reflect on the coming of God’s son into this world and into our lives.  We discover a richness in unlikely places like a quiet animal-filled stable.  We find light in the dark nights where shepherds watched over their flocks.  We are reminded of the gift that has been given to us, even as the magi bring their gifts to the Christ child.  And in the words of the angel we find hope – “Peace on earth!”