By Myra Johnson
Hello, Seekerville! Hard to believe almost a whole year has gone by since my retirement from the blog! This has definitely been a year of change and adjustment. My “One Word” for 2018 was NEW, and I chose two focus verses:
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19, NIV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV)
Waiting to see what new thing God has in store for our lives can be both scary and exhilarating! His plans may not always match up with what we would have chosen for ourselves, but we can rest in full confidence that God desires only our highest good.
The season of Advent is a time of watching and waiting in hope and expectation of God’s promises fulfilled. In the Lutheran worship tradition, on each of the four Sundays before Christmas, we light a candle in the Advent wreath and sing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” adding one more verse each Sunday. Instead of the familiar Christmas carols they’ve been playing on the radio since before Thanksgiving, the hymns we sing during Advent all speak of our anticipation of Christ’s coming. Then at our Christmas Eve candlelight services, the sanctuary echoes with many favorite Christmas carols in a joyous celebration of music and praise!
This Advent season, as you reflect on the Lord’s promises and anticipate His coming again in glory, may you know the peace and joy that comes from faithfully waiting in Christ.
What does the season of Advent mean to you? Are there any special traditions you follow at this time of year?
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Myra Johnson writes emotionally gripping stories about love, life, and faith. She’s currently at work on a new Love Inspired mini-series, Hill Country Haven, with returning characters from Her Hill Country Cowboy and Hill Country Reunion. The first book in the series, The Rancher’s Redemption, is slated for a May 2019 release.
Myra is a three-time Maggie Awards finalist, two-time finalist for the prestigious ACFW Carol Awards, winner of Christian Retailing’s Best for historical fiction, and winner in the Inspirational category of the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards. Originally from Texas but currently residing in the beautiful Carolinas, Myra and her husband love the climate and scenery, but they may never get used to the pulled pork Carolinians call “barbecue”! The Johnsons share their home with two very pampered rescue dogs who don’t always understand the meaning of “Mom’s trying to write.” They’ve also inherited the cute little cat (complete with attitude) their daughter and family had to leave behind when they moved overseas.
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