Monday, November 30, 2015

Advent: Unwrapping the Greatest Gift

Last December I bought a book that is like our own larger-than-life Advent Calendar, opening up to 25 wondrous stories that tell the family tree of Jesus, from Creation to His Coming.  

 Written by none other than Ann Voskamp.(One of my favorite Christian authors) Over the years, she has shared many thoughts, ideas, and traditions that celebrate the Advent season. One she shared a few years back turned into a hot chocolate party...well I love hot chocolate, but love vanilla Chai even more. So, this year I've decided to start my own version of this celebration. 
 "...because, sure, who of us doesn’t need to be warmed straight through with His Love? Who doesn’t need to unwrap Light? Who doesn’t want the excitement again of unwrapping the Greatest Gift 

And then there’s taking that pen and  scratching it down, a poem — “A Night Before Advent” — that’s this crazy take on the “Night Before Christmas,” a quirky old tradition that could become it’s own new tradition of Light."

Sometimes you just need a tradition that somehow changes your condition.
We’re on the cusp of the tradition of Advent — and this changes the conditions of everything: He is coming.
"It’s impossible for all the darkness in the world to smother out the light of a single candle in the hand. You can’t snuff out hope, you can’t smother out hope, you can’t stamp out hope — because He is Coming.
 to the child in us …. still seeking the wonder of Christmas even for us….

 — because this is the gift we all want."

From December 1st to December 25th
I will be sharing each story in this beautiful book, as well as some of the breathtaking pictures. Won't you join me? Stop by each day to see the stories shared. If you would prefer I email you each days post, please leave your email in the comments section or send me an email at 
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1 comment:

  1. Ann, your words are so timely for me. I won this book last year from Proverbs 31 OBS. I received after advent started and glanced at the pages but didn't sit down and read each one. So this year my husband and I are reading the book together aloud each night. Thank you, Ann, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday. : )


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