Serving Advent

Sami's Manger

This photo is of a Manger craft my daughter made when she was about 4 years old. I asked her at the time why Baby Jesus had red spots and she informed me “Oh, He is Sick!”

I promptly responded “Poor Baby Jesus! Not only does he have to come and save the entire world from their sins, but He also has the pox.”

I do not remember getting to the bottom of why Jesus was sick. Four-year-olds have vivid imaginations is probably the best answer. I do know that it makes me laugh each year as I unwrap it and put it out to display. It is a sweet memory.

This year advent seems aptly summed up in a Baby Jesus with the pox to me. It feels like the traditions and celebrations are becoming obligations and I am wondering what our faith would be like had Jesus felt that way about you and me? I am so grateful that He did not look at His Christmas to do list and say “I am obligated to go and save the world.”

No obligation just deep, deep love and a wish to reconcile our broken and estranged relationship. Not only did Jesus come to give us abundant, eternal life, He did so with a servant’s heart.

…the Son of Man did not come to be served. He came to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many people. ~ Mark 10:45 NCV

This Advent Season I am challenged to serve. Instead of being obligated to do, to buy, to organize, to entertain, etc. How can I serve those I know and love? How can I celebrate our hope together? How can I show deep, deep love without a hint of obligation?

Dear Lord, Help us now to draw close, that we might await your advent with a servant’s heart.

What Advent Traditions bring you joy? What weighs down your celebration? Talk to me…


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