Starry lights. Tangled tinsel. Glorious ornaments. Crowded malls and an Amazon hangover for sure. Welcome to the Christmas season as carols and favorite tunes are heard forevermore.

We have to dig deep to muddle through the crazies that could easily ensue. ‘Tis the season of Christmas…let’s not forget what it really is for. 

Today kicks-off the season of Advent. Take a moment to savor what it means. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the greatest arrival of all time. God in person. Deity comes. The birth of Jesus reveals God’s plan.

I want to encourage you to linger on this truth. God has come to earth to save mankind, inviting you to know Him intimately. To think that God Almighty loves us so is beyond our comprehension. 

God loves you on your worst day. He loves you when life gets messy. He loves you when all hope seems lost. He loves you when you stray. He loves you when you don’t deserve it…when you seek things other than Him. He loves you when you plot through life blasé or emphatically insist that things go your way.

We serve a God whose love was so great that He made a way for us to know Him. He came to earth as a babe….JESUS is His name. He knows you deeply and personally. He knows everything about you. 

“Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

He knows your deepest hurts and pains. Your sorrows and your worries. He knows the sin you try to hide, or wallow in at night. He sees and hears you all the time. There is no escaping. And in the midst of all of this, He came…He came so you would know Him.

And so, this Advent season I encourage you to get to know Jesus. Seek Him. Pursue Him. May you discover His realness.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Ps. 19:1

How do you prepare for Advent? What sets this season apart?

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