The season of Advent is here. Our sanctuary is adorned with garland, candles, wreaths, poinsettias, and a tree. Our lives begin a dash toward Christmas day. Children count down the days. Our hearts and lives are filled with a magical anticipation of what is to come. We will fill the next few weeks with activities—family gatherings, parties, traditional outings, shopping, and the sending of Christmas cards
This season can be, as always, a very special time of the year filled with joy and celebration. Celebration—that’s what we anticipate, that’s what we want. Yet we know life doesn’t always let us experience celebration. If we are journeying through Advent grieving the loss of a loved one, dealing with health issues, struggling to find answers to our many questions, or any other somber emotion, there is little room for what we feel and are experiencing. And because there seems to be no room for those emotions at this season, it’s easy to feel there is no room for us during Advent.
Yet, remember the words of Luke, the gospel writer, who told of Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem because a new tax had been imposed upon the people. When they got there, though Mary was expecting her first child, there was no room for them in the inn. God provided a stable where Jesus was born.
God still provides today. That truth is the source of all our celebration. Whatever you may be feeling this Christmas, know that God is providing for you. Let God lead and guide your journey this Advent season.
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