Christmas Presence

890px-Advent_wreath_4Sundays, December 1 through December 22

Advent is a profoundly important season for those who follow Jesus. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we celebrate and reflect on the mystery of the Incarnation: God’s presence on earth as a human being. Jesus’ presence was a demonstration of God’s love, generosity, sacrifice and forgiveness. For the Christ follower, these qualities are shown to us by God and through us to others. When the focus of this season can be overwhelmed by activities associated with the giving and receiving of presents, it is vital that we maintain a focus on Emmanuel — God’ presence with us.

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