"Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord: let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care" (Psalm 95:1-7 NIV).
Wait just a minute. Don't pack away the thoughts of thanksgiving just yet; let's carry it with us through the season of Advent! It makes so much sense to lift our arms to our God in heaven and fill the air with our praise for the gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Our hearts are already full of gratitude and love, why not continue on that path of offering praise in music and song, and dancing around the room in the advent of joy.
Little compares to the joy of a newborn baby. The sight of that tiny human being who was formed secretively in the womb of his mother. Ten tiny fingers and toes, that itty bitty nose and those perfectly formed lips: a freshly picked child born of the miraculous union of an egg and a sperm. Amazing beauty, a creation of love.
As we wait for the Holy Child of Mary, we again anticipate the arrival of the long-promised baby in Bethlehem who comes to save us; to save the world from its sin and shame. From God's own hands comes the Messiah, Immanuel, God With Us, Son of God: Jesus, the Lamb of God, God in human form.
May your hearts remain full of thanksgiving throughout the Advent season. We have so much to be thankful for as we anxiously await the celebration of the Virgin birth. Jesus is coming! Hallelujah!