OK, I know, Baptists are not supposed to know, or at least use, words like “advent” since that sounds way too liturgical and all. But, it is a good biblical word, describing that tremendous historical event when the eternal Son of God, the one through whom all things were made, entered into His own creation, taking on flesh, being made in the likeness of men, dwelling with us as Immanuel, God with us, proving Himself obedient to the point of death, even death upon a cross. And as hard as it has been for me this year, I am trying to focus upon that tremendous truth. My computer is currently playing Handel’s Messiah, and I cannot help but rejoice in the great inspired and prophetic words, “For unto us a child is born, for unto us a son is given…!”

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