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Come, Baby Jesus

Claudia is having a little fun tending bar at dVerse Poets Pub today, so I thought I’d join in. Her Meeting the Bar prompt today is to write about a character in a book coming alive or someone ending up in a book. I love the creativity of this prompt. And since it is the Christmas season I decided to write my first Christmas poem of the year.

Come, Baby Jesus

I set it up just yesterday
My favorite little nativity
Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus
surrounded by angels and kings

My mother-in-law made it
The year of my birth she created it
Each ceramic piece of the scene
hand painted, even the angels’ wings

I set it up just yesterday
But where could it have gone
It’s no longer on the china hutch
where it really does belong

Oh my, I see what has occurred
My favorite little nativity
has come alive in my dining room
It’s really quite absurd

I guess I should be more careful
what I pray for as just today
I asked the Lord Jesus
to come into my home to stay

 

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Advent Is – A Googlism Poem

This afternoon I was reading the poetry of a fellow blogger who had commented on one of my poems, and learned of a Form for All lesson I had missed at dVerse Poets Pub a few weeks ago. The lesson from Sam Peralta was on writing a poem based on the results of a search at googlism.com (not affiliated with Google, Inc.). I decided to give it a try and typed in the word “Advent” in the search. I then created the following poem out of the results. I decided not to repeat the phrase “Advent is” with each line, but instead to group the results into several stanzas. With Advent just around the corner (it starts Dec. 1), I offer this poem in preparation.

12/3/13 Update: We are 3 days into the Advent season, but I decided to share this for Open Link Night at dVerse today.

Advent Is

Advent is coming

Advent is a season

a holy season

a marvelous season

a season of preparation

not a penitential season

too good a season to waste

the season that begins the liturgical year

an especially lovely season and we can make great use of it

Advent is a time

a time of waiting

a time of preparation

a time of awaiting God

a time of spiritual preparation

a time of preparation for Christmas

a time of expectation and reflection

a time of awaiting a God who loves us

a time when Christians prepare to greet Christ

a time to celebrate Light in the midst of darkness

a time for looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus

a good time for us to live like people who are being redeemed

Advent is

for waiting

active waiting

promise of peace

about preparation

rest for the weary

anticipation and hope

about who holds the future

both a beginning and an end

one of those marvelous little jewels

a period of devout and joyful expectation

celebrated by Christians all over the world

a longing and anticipation in the midst of suffering

celebrated as a time of joy and hope as we await the coming of the King

Advent is kind of like that

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Advent Thankfulness – A Poem

Last year I wrote an acrostic poem titled Advent, and I have been astounded in the past 4 weeks how many times it has been viewed. The search terms stats on my blog show that a lot of people have been searching for Advent acrostic poems. Since it is a topic of great interest, I decided to write another one. It is quite different from the first but carries the same Great News of hope found in a manger.

ADVENT THANKFULNESS

Angels to the shepherds sing
Divine arrival of the King
Victory is now in sight
Emmanuel comes this night
Need of all mankind is met
Thankful hearts, He paid our debt

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Advent and the Second Coming

The season of Advent is about anticipating our celebration of the coming of Christ into the world. But it is also about anticipating His second coming into the world at the end of time. For that reason, our pastor gave a sermon yesterday titled “End Times – A Lutheran Perspective.”

It was a very interesting and informative sermon. He talked about the many attempts of mankind and the church to predict the exact time when the end will come, even though Jesus clearly said, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32.

He also talked about the various perspectives on the end times and the thousand-year reign of Jesus written about in Revelation. There is the pre-millennial view that the thousand-year reign hasn’t yet started. There is the post-millennial view that the thousand-year reign has already passed. And there is the amillennial view that the thousand years is a figurative timeframe instead of a literal one.

But the most important thing our pastor said during the whole sermon took up only six little words: “This is not a salvation issue.

Whether you believe the rapture and tribulation are still to come, that the church is experiencing the tribulation now, or something else does not affect whether you have salvation in Christ. What matters is if you believe God came to this earth as Emmanuel and then died on a cross to pay for your sins.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

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Advent Prayer

It’s going to be a busy day today hanging out with hubby and getting our Christmas shopping done. Since I don’t have time to write something original, I decided to post Martin Luther’s Advent prayer from my Lutheran Book of Prayer:

O Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, King of kings and Lord of lords, the Son of the living God and Son of David, come. Come now to Your Church that You have purchased with Your blood. Come with Your gracious presence, that we may rejoice in You. Come and rule over us, that we may serve and follow You. Come with Your love, humility, and perfect obedience, and let Your lowliness become our glory. Come into the midst of Your people and bless us, for we are Your heritage. Forgive us our sin, and do not angrily cast away Your servants, for You are meek and gracious. Clothe us with the garment of Your righteousness, for You are the only righteous one and our helper. Satisfy us with the abundance of Your mercy, for You did become poor for our sakes, that by Your poverty we might be made rich. Hear us, Lord Jesus, for the sake of Your holy name. Amen.

May our Lord come into your life this Advent season and at Christmas time, blessing You with His grace and mercy.

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The Season of Advent

When I wrote my post about Christ the King Sunday, which marked the end of the liturgical church year, I said that I would try to write about all the church holy days and festivals during this new church year. Although I’ve posted a few things related to Advent so far this month, I haven’t written a post yet that explains what Advent is all about and the traditions of Advent. So that is what I want to do today.

Advent is the season that precedes Christmas. It is the beginning of the church year and begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Because Christmas day falls on a Sunday this year, Advent began on November 27.

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival,” and the focus of the season is on preparing for the First Coming of Christ (which occurred at His birth) and on the future Second Coming of Christ. It is a time of anticipation and great joy.

One wonderful tradition of Advent is the lighting of candles throughout the season. There are five candles in all, one for each Sunday in Advent arranged in a circle or wreath shape to symbolize the eternity of God, and the Christ candle in the center. There are three purple and one pink candle for the Sundays in Advent, and the Christ candle is white.

On the first Sunday, a single purple candle is lit. This is the candle of expectation or hope. It is the first reminder that Jesus is the light of the world, which increases with a new candle each week and the light become brighter.

On the second Sunday, the first purple candle is relit and a second purple candle is lit as well. This is the candle of love. It is a reminder that God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us.

On the third Sunday, the first two purple candles are relit and the pink candle is also lit. This is the candle of joy. As the birth of Christ draws closer it is a reminder of the great joy that is to come into the world through Him.

On the fourth Sunday, the first three candles are relit and the fourth purple candle is lit. This is the candle of peace. It is a reminder of the peace that Jesus brings to the hearts of those who trust in Him.

The center candle, the Christ candle, is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, to signify that the wait is over and the King of kings has arrived.

When my son was younger, we used to make an Advent wreath at home and do daily Bible and devotional readings as a family after dinner. Each year I would find a different Advent reading schedule and get an Advent calendar from our local Christian bookstore. We would take turns reading the devotion, the scripture passage, and saying a prayer.

Now that my son is a teenager and our lives are a little crazier, we have let this tradition slide. I do miss it, though, because the daily reading and lighting of the candles was a wonderful way to keep our focus on Christ as the reason we celebrate Advent and Christmas.

These are the basics of the Advent season. If you want to read a more in depth discussion, check out this website: The Voice.

During this Advent season, I pray you experience the hope, love, joy, and peace of Christ our Savior, born in a manger, who now sits on His throne and reigns in the hearts of those who trust in Him.

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Advent – A Poem

I’ve been thinking all week about writing an acrostic poem about Advent. What I ended up with also uses alliteration so that there are four words for each letter in Advent, to represent the four Sundays of Advent.

My son saw me typing this poem and asked, “What’s with the shape?” I said that it’s supposed to look kind of like a crown, for the King of kings, though you have to look at it sideways to see it. I’m not sure it works, but decided to leave it this way anyway.

ADVENT

Anticipation

Accompanies

Angelic

Announcement

Divine

Directive

Declares

Delight

Vileness

Victoriously

Vanquished by

Virtue

Emmanuel

Expected

Embrace the

Excitement

Notice

Noel

Narrating

Nativity

Thankful

Thoughts of

Tenderness

Truth

 

For another Advent acrostic poem, click here.

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O Come O Come Emmanuel

We are now in the season of Advent, a time of preparation for Christmas. I decided that for Music Monday during Advent and through the day after Christmas I want to share some of my favorite Christmas songs and why I like them.

The first Christmas song I want to share is “O Come O Come Emmanuel.” It is the perfect song to begin Advent because Advent is when we look forward to the coming of Emmanuel, God with us. I love this song because it reminds me of my favorite name for Jesus, which is Emmanuel. I am always awed by the thought that God would choose to come to earth as a human being, in the body of a little baby, to be with us.

I want to share two different versions. The first is a haunting instrumental version by Casting Crowns. Even though it doesn’t have the words, I can hear the words in my head when I listen to it.

The second version is by Jadon Lavik and is more upbeat, but just as beautiful. I first heard it on a CD of various artists that I bought last year.

I hope you will allow this beautiful song to prepare your heart for the coming of our Lord, both His first coming as a baby in a manger, and His second coming that is yet to be. Emmanuel came to be with you, to know you and that you might know Him. He came to ransom you and me just as He came to ransom captive Israel. He came to set the captives free.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14 (NIV).

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