I hope that you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday reflecting on God’s goodness and his grace while enjoying time with family members and friends. I know that many are back to the gym this week and again monitoring their food intake, I know I am. Now the Christmas season is upon us.
For Western Christian churches, Sunday marked the beginning of Advent. Advent is a Latin word that means coming, and it is a period of waiting which commemorates the first coming of Christ while preparing our hearts for his return. While many approach the Christmas season being consumed by the hustle and bustle of this world, God calls his people to a place a reflection, prayer, and rejoicing during this special time.
This is also a season of giving. Therefore, I would like to give away another book this week. This children’s book, Back to the Manger: A Treasure Hunt for the Nativity, is written by fellow Redbud, Margaret Ann Philbrick with illustrations from her mom. It’s a delightful family story that celebrates the simplexes of life, family, church history, and art. It is sure to become a family favorite for the children in your life or will make a wonderful gift.
For consideration, all you have to do is share a comment about your reflections during this season or reasons that you are particularly grateful. A winner will be announced early next week.