During the season of Advent, people from our congregation at Martins Creek Mennonite Church have collaborated to create an Advent devotional. Each entry has been written by one of our own, both young and old. We hope these meditations are a blessing to you during this Advent season.
After spending time with family on Thanksgiving, people start making lists of everything that needs to be purchased for Christmas. A sense of urgency, stress, and restlessness is thick upon the air. People start going to stores and shops to find the best gifts for everyone on their list. Speed walking through stores with carts filled to the brim with presents, and fighting for places in the checkout line creates an exhausting season controlled by consumerism. The pressure of the Christmas season is comparable to the pressure experienced by deep sea divers. Often individuals forget about the true meaning of Christmas. What if we took time away from shopping to spend time reading the Bible? “Let me check my planner, hmm, my first opening is December the 26th.” Is it even possible to make time in our pre-Christmas schedule, even to read God’s Word? How is it possible to be filled with the Holy Spirit if we do not spend time with Jesus?
After Mary learned that she was going to be the mother of Jesus she hurried to go and tell Elizabeth her news. Mary did not have news that she had found the best Christmas present in a store. On the contrary, she ran to Elizabeth with unrestrained joy, given to her from God. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. If we would be filled with the Spirit as much as we are filled with Christmas excitement, how much more meaning would the Christmas season have?