Looking For A Great Light

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UPDATE: ¬†First Advent Sunday, complete with sparkling cider ūüôā ¬†Come Lord Jesus, Come!

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Tonight at 7:00 p.m. our family will begin Advent.  Tonight is the first Sunday in which we will gather around our Advent wreath that sits on our breakfast nook and light candles, each representing a different aspect of the coming of Christ.

The candle that we light tonight is called the Prophecy candle. Once it is burning, we will take turns reading the following suggested Scriptures from “Celebrating A Christ-Centered Christmas”:

 

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“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. ¬†You shall multiply the nation,
You shall increase their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence as with the gladness of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor,
as at the battle of Midian.
For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult,
and cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.  For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father,
Prince of Peace.”

                                                                                                Isaiah 9:2-6

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“The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. ¬†“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. ¬†“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” ¬†Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” ¬†The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason
the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”

                                                                                                  Luke 1:30-35

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After we have read from the Scriptures above, we will read a story from “The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader” and we’ll listen to these words from Handel’s Messiah:

“Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. ¬†The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. ¬†Hallelujah!”

This part of Handel’s Messiah is based on the following Scriptures:

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“Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.”
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“Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ;
and He will reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 11:15

“And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Revelation 19:16

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Advent is a wonderful time to really stop and focus on Jesus Christ’s return for His Bride, the Church.

I pray this post is beneficial to you.  I would love to hear how you are doing and the different traditions you may have during this special time of the year when we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world and longingly look forward to His return.  Blessings to you and your family.

Merry Christmas!

Constance

The End of Autumn

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What a beautiful autumn 2014 has shown us.  The trees boasted an array of colors this year and we had the best time driving through the Olympic mountains and just taking in some truly breath-taking scenes over open fields and lakes, and of course the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean beaches.

Here on my own homestead the maples were as gorgeous as ever and the reds, oranges, and yellows seemed to be even deeper and brighter than I remember them being last year.

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Now, the rains and winds, and even the freezing cold temperatures have settled in and the last of the maple leaves have fallen to the ground. No more dancing around in the swirling breezes.  They are wet and stuck to everything.

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The other morning our dog’s water dish was frozen with beautiful red maple leaves brilliantly embedded within as if an ice sculptor had come during the night and left us with a masterpiece. ¬†Cooper our Australian Shepherd was wondering what to do about the situation…

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I love this time of year when the cold sends me inside with candles aglow and fuzzy warm socks on my feet, heavy sweaters, the fire burning, nice warm Chamomile tea or sometimes even a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows. This is when my artistic mind really kicks in and I start decorating for Thanksgiving, preparing to make my Christmas cards to celebrate Christ’s birth, and thinking about starting Advent with “The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader”. ¬†It’s the time we spend celebrating the King of king’s birth and looking forward to Him coming again, all at the same time. ¬†Wonderful!

I hope this time of year has wonderful memories of family and friends and fragrant smells of candles and dinners for you.  May Jesus bless you richly with His love and presence.

Please take time to comment below with a special Thanksgiving dish recipe or just say Hi. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy November 2014!

Constance