the beginning of advent

advent |ˈadˌvent|
noun [in sing. ]
the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event

we started our advent readings tonight.  stopping to take a closer look at the notable arrival of the Christ child.  as the house begins to glow with Christmas lights, our jesse tree sits in a corner of our dining room, waiting to be adorned.  last year we started using ann voskamp’s jesse tree advent devotional.

i forgot it starts november 29th so we had three readings tonight.  i forgot how much i love it.  i forgot how much it sweeps me into the story of our Savior’s birth. of how He came.  of why He came.  i forgot how much it touches my heart.  of how it brings tears to my eyes and a quake to my voice.

each of our children took a turn reading.  each bringing us closer to the day of Jesus’ arrival.  Jesus, our salvation, with skin.  and flesh.  and bones.  Emmanuel, here with us.

we anticipate the celebration of Your arrival, Jesus.  we make room in our hearts for You.

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