Second Friday in Advent

Now is the time to prepare for the Coming of the Messiah this Advent Season.  Meet us here each day of Advent where we will be posting a blog written by members of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem,  representing an intergenerational sampling of contributors as they reflect on the scripture selections from the Daily Lectionary Advent readings from the Book of Common Worship. If you would like to download a copy of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem Advent Devotional, CLICK HERE.

LECTIONARY READING: Haggai 1:1–15; Revelation 2:18–29; Matthew 23:27–39

The YCX Middle School girls, who meet on Wednesday evenings, shared some memorable experiences from past Christmases, their favorite things, and reflections on what’s important. Here are their stories and thoughts.

“This happened when I was about 7 years old.  I woke up very early on Christmas day.  No one was awake, so I ran downstairs to see what Santa left.  I saw a drum set that was for my brother.  All my presents were wrapped.  I went back upstairs to bed.  I felt guilty about sneaking down so I never told anybody.”

“About three years ago, our family and grandparents were at Disney World over Christmas.  At one point, we couldn’t find my younger brother.  Everyone thought he was with someone else in the family.  We searched for almost a half hour; at least it seemed that long.  Finally we went to my grandparents’ room and there he was sitting on the floor by the door.  We don’t know how he found his way there.  Maybe an angel guided him.”

“My favorite thing at Christmas is the lighting of the candles in our rows during the Christmas Eve service.”

“We are so busy getting ready for Christmas and looking forward to it that we forget Christmas is about Jesus.”

All agreed that family is important at Christmas and being together is very special.

Prayer: Lord, help us to remember that the reason for the Advent season is to celebrate the birth of Jesus, who is our Savior and the Light of the world. Thank you for sending Jesus to us. Amen.