My Concrete Dove
These are important tips for family caregivers and everyone else, too. There is always the possibility that you will either be a caregiver or need one at some point in your life. It's smart to prepare for the hard winter of the caregiving season by taking care of...
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1. What would happen if I prayed with a deeper understanding of who it is that I’m praying to?
2. What could change about the approach, posture, or tone of your prayers with that in mind?
3. Would a deeper understanding help you develop or change your practice of prayer?
Our last and most important candle of the Advent wreath is in the center. It is white and represents Jesus, Who is the Light of the world and the center of all things.
No place at the inn. What would you do in that situation? You are in labor and about to have a baby, but upon arrival, the hospital folks tell you, “Sorry, but we’re full.” Where would you go? More importantly, would you trust God to get you there?
Advent is the time before Christmas that many Christians use to reset their focus toward Christ through His Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. And, just maybe, let at least some of the hustle and bustle of the traditional holiday season settle for a little while each week.
It is the third week of Advent, and this week we focus on Joy. We’re talking about the sweet joy of the Lord, who is the joy in Christmas that lasts all year long.
One starry night in Bethlehem, shepherds saw the glory of God through visiting angels, who shared the news — a Savior is born!
Picture a star-filled night over pastureland outside of the city where shepherds are resting, with their flocks, after a long day’s work. Then, all of a sudden, they see an angel appear before them
In this second week of Advent our theme is peace. So, that makes me think about the many names we have for Jesus, one being Prince of Peace. We see in the book of Isaiah that Jesus was called the Prince of Peace long before His arrival in Bethlehem. Jesus is our Sar Shalom, the Prince of Peace, Savior, Jesus.
There is a never ending hope in Jesus, and that is the theme for this first week of Advent. Purple is typically the candle color for this week, sometimes called the Prophesy candle. The seed of hope in this Old Testament verse continues growing today. And when we look closely, it is easy to see the roots of hope in Jesus spread throughout the Old and New Testaments.
Advent marks the season just before Christmas when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. Then, with sweet anticipation and preparation, we sing O Come, O Come, Immanuel.