Advent

Slow Down and Enjoy

Slow Down and Enjoy
Teenager working on a Vacation Bible School craft in Central Asia.

Isaiah 33:17-22

Isaiah is speaking about the coming Messiah, whose birth we will be celebrating during the Advent season. We can also glean from these verses that Isaiah is speaking about Heaven and the beauty of being pain- and problem-free there. In this most perfect place no one will be harassing us or causing us undue harm. Isaiah reflects on the second coming, where all will be made right against our enemies. God will be the only one as judge, jury and will save us. As the prophet Isaiah sees a future of God's perfect love, we ought to reflect on what the prophet actually means here: To take a moment to slow down and enjoy this joyous season with your friends, family and your church family.

When I think of church at this time of year, I am reminded of the candlelight service. We sing hymns and listen to the stories of how God came down at Christmas to save us, much like Isaiah was saying about the coming of the Messiah all those years ago. We also enjoy family time when we can express our love to our family as we celebrate being a part of God's family. We can enjoy communion and feast at God's table. Our family time should be judgement-free and full of love. Please remember to slow down and remember the true reason of the season.

Prayer: Dear God, please remind us to slow down and enjoy this wonderful season. Watch over our families, the ones still present and the ones who are no longer with us. Please relieve us from the loneliness that can occur with this season. May God keep you and bless you. Amen.


Katie Willis is a Program Advisory Group member from Missouri.

Posted or updated: 12/22/2016 11:00:00 PM

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I watch as many are blessed by their memories of times spent in our center as they visit two metal doors saved from the demolition of our former location more than three decades ago, and upon which the names of hundreds are etched and carved. -John G. Hatcher, Jr., executive director, Wesley Community Service Center, Portsmouth, Virginia.
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