What are you doing for Christmas? Advent 5

Today is the last day of Advent.

The last time to consider the four words we have looked at through this time of Advent.

Our last update on the Advent reading plan 

Day 24.        1 John 3:7 & 8

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus came into the world to help us to stop sinning and to be our substitutionary sacrifice, taking away God's wrath if we do sin.

We received a lot of cards which wished us a Merry Christmas and some took words from a carol or mentioned the shepherds, wise men, angels, star etc.

Here I have picked out 4 of the cards we received which highlighted the four words of Advent





May I wish you the true 
Hope, Peace, Joy and Love 
that Jesus brought on the first Christmas 
and still brings to us as we trust in Him.

Merry Christmas

I took some time last week to sit and listen to an old Christmas Music collection that my son had found on YouTube.

It was a compilation of Christmas songs by Max Bygraves which my kids used to listen to on the way to school with their cousins.  Their uncle played this same album in the car all through December every year and they all used to moan and groan about it but now it has turned into a fond Christmas memory.

On You tube it is in several parts to cover the whole album, the first part is here if you want to have a listen.

That is something that Christmas does in us, it stirs up memories.

Today I was thinking about how the memory of the first Christmas with Jesus coming to live on earth in God's plan of Salvation brought Mary to the anticipation of this Salvation.

Then how the memory of working alongside Jesus and knowing Him gave the disciples the faith to proclaim the Saviour and that He would return one day.

And because we know God's word came true about Jesus coming to be the Saviour of the world then we can trust that His word will come true about the return of Jesus too.

So the first Christmas leads us to the anticipation of the return of Jesus hence the celebration of Advent, where we are awaiting His Coming.

           Advent means arrival or appearance

Are you awaiting His arrival or appearance ?  

Have you trusted in Jesus and believe when He said He would come again?


  1. Thank-you for sharing the lovely illustrations of hope, peace, joy and love. May your new year be blessed with these gifts given by Jesus!

    1. Thank you for those kind words Carol and may you be blessed in 2014 also.

  2. What a great idea to use your Christmas cards as pictures of the four words of Advent. Beautiful. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and will have a happy new year ahead!

    1. Hi again Lisa, thank you, I love getting good appropriate cards, happy new year to you too.

  3. Nice Christmas cards and I love what you write. I wish you also hope, joy, peace and love for 2014!

    1. Lovely to meet you Jedidja.
      Ik wonde en Tervuren naar Brussel en Belgie seis yaren maar ik sprek aleen een beetje Nederlands.

  4. What a beautiful idea - to pick out 4 cards that highlight the 4 words of Advent! May the words stay alive in each one of us all year long! Have a blessed New Year's!

    1. Hi again, thank you, may you have hope, peace, joy and love in 2014 too.

  5. Sandra,
    Thanks for joining Sunday Stillness. My father was born in Pettigo, Ireland. Do you know where that is? Some day I would love to tour Ireland. I am nervous of driving on the left so need to find someone to tour us. lol:) I tweeted your post.
    Great to meet you,

    1. Dear Janis, nice to hear from you again.
      I had always heard of Pettigo but was not sure where it was so your comment encouraged me to find out.
      It is a very unusual village because part of it is in the county of Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and part is in the county of Donegal in Ireland (Eire). It is located in the western part of Northern Ireland, I used to live in the North West of Northern Ireland and now I live in the South East of Northern Ireland.
      This site might be of interest to you http://www.pettigo.org/?page_id=172

  6. Thanks for the reminder of the words of Advent...may they follow us into 2014...hope, peace, joy and best of all love!

    1. Amen to that Kel, thanks for dropping in

  7. Thank you. That for you and yours, too. We all need it... moment by moment in our lives. Good reminder, sharer, from you.

    1. thanks for the encouragement, Happy New Year.

  8. Your review is a wonderful touch as we bring Advent to a close.