Confession:  I LOVE CHRISTMAS.  I love the anticipation of the season, baking (ok, let’s be honest, this is Andrea) and decorating (but I can do this) Christmas cookies, going to Christmas Eve service, family traditions, Christmas movies (maybe an occasional Hallmark movie), gift giving, putting up the lights and decorations, but most of all, the wonder of the Christmas story.  

But somehow, I often find myself deep into the season and filled with anything but wonder.  For Andrea and I, last year found us prepping for two birthdays, attending work Christmas parties, buying gifts, shipping gifts, and finishing up school projects. By December 15th, we were swimming in the realm of exhaustion...no wonder!

This Sunday marks the start of a new sermon series, Wonder: When God comes in Close. It is also the start of Advent.  Advent simply means coming.  It is a time we set aside to prepare our hearts for the true meaning, the life-transforming meaning, that Christmas really holds.  

The whole point of Christmas is God joining us. Immanuel - God with us.  So, this Christmas, what if we found a way to take the time and be still, consider the real meaning, the true message in order to discover real joy, to experience wonder?

If you are interested in participating in Advent, taking time to prepare your hearts through considering the story of Jesus’ birth and its meaning, I would recommend you start by utilizing the amazing advent devotional by Paul David Tripp, “O Come let us Adore Him.”   You can find this on Amazon in hardback or Kindle form.  Whatever you decide to do, don’t let December slip away without experiencing the wonder of a God who loves and pursues you to the point of being willing to sacrifice His most Holy Son for you. 

Merry Christmas!