Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mid-week Advent 2

All powerful Father, as we await the healing power of Christ Your Son let us not be discouraged by our weakness as we prepare for His coming. Keep us steadfast in Your love for we ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

In our preparations for the celebration of Christmas we prepare also our attitudes concerning our giving. In the book of Malachi God promises to send a messenger who would prepare the way of the Lord. The prophet asks a telling question “but who can endure the day of His coming?” (vs.2)

1. Can you take Christmas?
Who can take the coming of Christ at Christmas? Each year Christmas is becoming more and more difficult to endure it seems with the buying and exchanging of gifts and their cost. Social agencies report that at Christmas there are more stressors than at any other time of the year. There is more loneliness, more heartache, and more disappointments.

A. Can you endure the secularization of Christmas?

B. Can you endure the refiner’s fire of cleansing of sins? (3:3)

C. Can you endure the holy presence of Christ?

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