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We have entered the season of Advent. This is a time of year that I love and look forward to with anticipation … A time of family and friends … A time of gathering and fellowship … A time of celebration and a time of expectation.

I hear the words “Come and Hear” this Advent season.

Noise … honking horns, shouting voices, clanging, chatter, and the internal noise of our own minds … this time of year can be full of distracting sounds. A cacophony of dizzying sound that pulls us away from the sound of God’s voice. At this time, more than any other time, the increased noise of the Christmas holiday season can and does distract us from the sound that matters most … the voice of our Heavenly Father!

There is a gift God wants to share during this Advent Season … The whispered words from His heart … there are words He wants you to hear this season that are meant just for you … Come and hear this advent season. Quiet the noise … who is God trying to speak through this Advent season … is it older woman in the grocery store line, is it the homeless person you walk past on the city street, is it the teenager dressed in black with piercings and colored hair, is it the neighbor that waves to you everyday … yes, God uses the most unlikely people to speak to you … He used the shepherds on that amazing night thousands of years ago when Christ was born to spread the news of the Messiah’s birth … Come and hear this Advent Season … don’t miss God’s heart message … quiet the noise … Come and hear!

“When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”  Luke 2 

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Christmas and the holiday season for most people is a joyous time of fellowship, family, and fun. For others it is a time of great despair. They meet the impending holiday with a heavy heart for loved ones lost, financial stress, and so much more. It is a season of sadness and despair versus a season of joy and hope.

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor

Mighty God, Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6

To me, this scripture verse is a great source of strength and hope throughout the year. My hope is that if you are in a season of despair that you will find great hope in these words. It is only through Christ Jesus that true joy and true hope is found. Any need that you have, Jesus will meet it and exceed it. Look again at this verse; look at the names of Jesus and what they mean. He is our everything. People will fail you time and again, but Jesus never will. My prayer for you this Christmas season is to look into the manger with eyes cleansed of culture clutter, washed of tainted tradition, and truly see all that lies before you in the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ and may you exchange your despair for hope!

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