โ€œ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—œ๐˜€๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—บ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—˜๐—น๐—ถ๐—ท๐—ฎ๐—ต, ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜, ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ.โ€ โ€”๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿญ:๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฒโ€“๐Ÿญ๐Ÿณ

That you might be preparedโ€ฆ

๐™๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ, ๐™ข๐™š๐™™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™›๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™š๐™™ ๐™– ๐™Ž๐™–๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ง. Christmas is an indictment before it becomes a delight. It will not have its intended effect until we feel desperately the need for a Savior. Let these short Advent meditations help awaken in you a bittersweet sense of need for the Savior.

๐™Ž๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™, ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™–๐™œ๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™—๐™š๐™ง ๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™›-๐™š๐™ญ๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ.. Advent is to Christmas what Lent is to Easter. โ€œSearch me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!โ€ (Psalm 139:23โ€“24) Let every heart prepare him roomโ€ฆ by cleaning house.

๐™๐™๐™ž๐™ง๐™™, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ž๐™ก๐™™ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™-๐™˜๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™๐™ค๐™ข๐™šโ€”๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ. If you are excited about Christ, they will be too. If you can only make Christmas exciting with material things, how will the children get a thirst for God? Bend the efforts of your imagination to make the wonder of the Kingโ€™s arrival visible for the children.

๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™, ๐™—๐™š ๐™ข๐™ช๐™˜๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™Ž๐™˜๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š๐™จ, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ข๐™š๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฏ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™œ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™–๐™œ๐™š๐™จ! โ€œIs not my word like fire, says the Lord!โ€ (Jeremiah 23:29) Gather โ€˜round that fire this Advent season. It is warm. It is sparkling with colors of grace. It is healing for a thousand hurts. It is light for dark nights.

SOURCE: Taken from Good News of Great Joy (Daily Readings for Advent) by John Piper. ยฉ 2013

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