Forty-day Advent Journey
I remember as a child, all the beauty of the beautifully wrapped packages under the tree…all the joy of giving and receiving…all the planning and anticipation.
Share with me your favorite memory what was important to you in the past and how has that changed?
Day Two: Read Psalm 46 and notice (and comment if you like) the word or phrase that strikes a new chord of awareness within you. What are the things that usually stress you at Christmas?
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth giveaway and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells,
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at the break of day.
Nations are in upraor, kingdoms fall;
He lifts His voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come and see the works of the Lord,
the desolation he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.
Day Three: History
Reflect today on the long history of our Christian heritage. How does remembering this strengthen our journey?
As time allows, read Isaiah chapter 40 today. This is perhaps one of the most encouraging and beautiful chapters of the Bible. The opening verses actually open Handel’s Messiah. Lovely!
Pick out your favorite verse from this chapter and copy it into your journal. Why do you think your verse has touched you in a special way today?
Day Five: Deliverance
Listen to how Handel paints a picture of the moment the Jewish people were delivered throughout the Red Sea.
Exodus 15:2 “He is my strength and my song; He has become my Salvation. HE IS MY GOD, AND I WILL PRAISE HIM, MY FATHER’S GOD, AND I WILL EXALT HIM”
Day Six: Illumination (being lit from within)
Let this music help you to transcend your daily stresses…and begin to pull back from all the over crowded hours of your day. Allow yourself to let the peace that only comes from our security in God’s loving care dwell in your heart.
Day Seven: Security
“Dear Lord,help us as we seek to find a deeper meaning to our celebration of your incarnation. Open our eyes and prick our hearts anew with the wonder of the precious gift of your son. Guide our thoughts now as we listen to your words through the prophet Isaiah, brought to life by your servant Handel.” p. 29
Blessings to you this week:)