Advent Reflection: Where will you encounter Christ this Christmas?

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I will stand at my guard post and station myself upon the rampart;

I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what answer he will give to my complaint.

Habakkuk 2:1

As you finish your preparations and begin your celebration of Christmas, watch for the unique ways that Christ enters into your holiday activities. Look for opportunities to be the face of Christ to other people.

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Going Deeper

Read Habbakuk 1:1-5.

If you’ve watched the evening news lately, you can relate to Habbakuk’s distress (verses 2-4). Just like Habbakuk, we see violence, iniquity, destruction, strife, and discord all around us. Do you trust that, as the Lord promised Habbakuk, “a work is being done in your days that you would not believe, were it told”? God is at work in our world, even when all signs seem to indicate otherwise. Won’t it be exciting when we get to heaven and learn about all of the ways God’s been working behind the scenes?

God wants to be part of your Christmas preparation and celebration. You don’t need a perfectly baked ham, an immaculately clean house, or exactly the right gift to get God to show up at your party. He’ll be there. Will you be watching for him, or will you be so busy and distracted that you miss him?

Take a three-minute break from the busy-ness of the day, and pray along with the song “Open My Eyes”.

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