Advent Study 2020

Sharing Our Stories: December 5

Writer’s Name:  Robert Lord

Writers Ministry:  Shadow to the Treasurer 

Assigned Text: Psalm 24, 1-10

Word of the Week: Love

Every Christmas is very special in the Lord household.  2001 was a little different because we had the opportunity to share our family’s love and Christmas tradition to over 100,000 people.  This was the year the St. Petersburg Times featured the 12 Days of Christmas and the Ten Lord’s A-Leaping article.

I almost hung up the phone when the person on the other line identified herself as a newspaper journalist looking for 10 Lords A- Leaping and a Christmas family tradition to share with their Tampa /St. Petersburg Times readership.  She was writing a series of articles about the 12 days of Christmas and was looking for a family with the last name of Lord.  She was happy to hear that there were 10 of us in the family, 5 people and 5 pets. 

Our tradition was to have our three children help make an interlocking paper chain with a different thing to do each day to express our spirit of Christmas.  Concealed inside the ring to be removed each day was an act of kindness that we all had to participate in.  

The 10 Lords A- Leaping symbolizes the 10 Commandments and we started the first ring with God’s greatest commandment, to Love God with all our heart, soul, and mind.  The other rings had fun things to do each day to help us celebrate the birth of Jesus, who is the symbol of love, light, hope and peace.

Psalm 24 clearly says that we are God’s possession.  God loves us and we should never forget the value of the gift the Father gave us when he sacrificed His beloved Son, Jesus.   Our family’s Advent tradition helped us to prepare for this incredible celebration of the arrival of the Lord into the world through the birth of his Son Jesus Christ.  Thanks be to God!

Daily Prayer: Jesus, we love You. We trust You. We thank You. You are actively involved in helping us every step of the way because we are Your children and You love us. We want to shake off the stress and anxiety of the present moment and be filled with praise instead. Will You help us choose gratitude in every situation? We love You, Lord, and we are thankful. Amen.

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  1. What family traditions did you or do you have to spiritually prepare for Christmas?
  2. How do you currently celebrate Advent?
  3. What do you Love the most about Christmas?

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