Season of Wonder
What is it about this time of year that brings about such a wide array of emotions? I truly believe that this season of Advent, this season of preparation, allows us to reflect on the past year, not only the times of joy but also the hardship and sorrow. As we move through the weeks leading up to ‘that blessed morn’, we all move through a vast array of these emotions.
As a child we are in awe and wonder of the twinkling lights, the stockings, the Christmas tree, and of course, that baby that everyone is talking so much about. As we continue to grow and understand more of what the season is, we learn that all of the things we loved as a child are still there, but we see them a little differently. We learn that this is the time of year to give to others, to spread the news of the birth of this baby.
As an adult, the view changes yet again; the memories of Grandma’s cookies, the treasured ornaments, the stories of a case of the giggles during the midnight service. But the constant is always the newness that comes through the birth of our Savior, the Prince of Peace.
Nevertheless, as we continue our journey through this life, the season will come and it may be filled with grief, anxiety, or the stress of things out of our control. But take heart, close your eyes, and picture that dimly lit stable, and a manger filled with a baby who embodies the hope and promise that we will never walk alone and that we are loved beyond measure. I encourage you to embrace and treasure this season and take the in newness of this blessed birth and all that it holds with you in to the new year.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NIV
Children’s Ministry Coordinator