Sunday, December 7, 2014 - Second Sunday of Advent

Advent 2014

Sunday, December 7

Second Sunday of Advent


Everyone says that having a baby will change your life forever.  Some changes are obvious.  Children cost a lot of money, they take up a lot of your time, and of course, you won't get regular sleep for at least ten years (hopefully it's only ten years!).  Other changes you don't realize until the child actually arrives.  These changes include:  the fact that your house will be taken over by toys and baby paraphernalia and you cannot keep it clean no matter how hard you try, you will never have enough batteries regardless of how many you buy, and it doesn't matter how big your car is, you just aren't going to have enough space for a father, mother, baby, three dogs, and luggage when you travel.

Then there are the changes that no one tells you about.  Perhaps it is difficult to explain and it is something that you just have to experience.  It's that overwhelming feeling you get when you look at your baby and know that you would do absolutely anything for him or her no matter what.  You realize that you never thought you could possibly love something this much!  You will worry about your child night and day:  You worry that she won't get enough sleep; you worry that he will get too much sleep; you worry about whether she will grow up to be a good person; you worry how other people will treat him.  You realize that your worries will change, but the worrying is never going to end, just as your love for your child is never going to end.

The bible tells us that God has plans for us.  He has plans for a good future and that no harm may come to us.  Parents have these same plans and hopes for their children.  They have these plans because of their love for their children.  God has this same unconditional love for each and every one of us.  No matter what we say or do, God will forgive us and love us.  Even if we turn our backs on Him or say that we do not love Him in return, God's love will not change, just as a parent's love will never change for his or her child.

Advent is the time to renew this love that God has for His children.  We can take this time to look at how we have grown up and examine the kind of person that we have become.  We can make sure that we become the kind of person God has planned and renew our love as we await Christ's birth.


- Caroline Pritchard


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