Diary of a Prodigal Daughter: Tis the Season
by Christine Carter
‘For unto you is born this day in the City of David, A Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’
Just this simple verse brings wonder to our hearts as we think of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. This event in history was foretold for generations and prophesied for centuries. And we are able to visualize the beautiful description of the wonderful virgin birth. There is nothing in all of history that can top the wonder and awe of this moment.
And as we set our minds in anticipation of the advent season, we are so grateful for the promise of hope in Him. He is the giver of all good things, the Light of the World. And He was born in a manger of hay after a long journey and being turned away by innkeepers. He came into a humble beginning, and a star shone the way to the angelic stable scene.
I will never tire of hearing about the story of the birth of Jesus. This is the most comforting time of year for me. I pray it is for you also as we get closer to Christmas Day.
So what should Advent mean to us? The word Advent means to wait for the coming or to anticipate. Some people keep advent calendars with their families, and others do an advent devotional each day during the season. Some go through a fasting period in preparation for the holiday.
It is to be a time to set our hearts in a place of preparation, like a small place for Jesus to lay his head to rest. He is welcomed into our hearts and homes and we receive him with a sense of wonder.
In Christianity we believe that Jesus is the foretold Messiah of the world. The one who was sent to save us from our sins. He who knew no sin became sin for us so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. He is our restorer.
This is the time to cherish and marvel in the anticipation of the season. Remember who he is and why he came. Celebrate the precious moments with those you love. As we come to the end of this difficult year, let us place the star of wonder in a special place as we seek Him, as the Wise Men and the Shepherds did on a starry night so long ago.
About the Author
Christine Carter is a working mom of a 12-year-old active son Marquis and has been married to her best friend Brent Carter for almost 15 years.
She attends Bethel: the Church at Philadelphia Mills, where she has been attending for almost 12 years.
She is currently a Quality Assurance Specialist at Gate 1 Travel in Fort Washington, PA. She resides in Levittown, PA, where she has lived for most of her life.
She is currently attending John Brown University’s online program where she is working on finishing a Psychology Degree which she began at JBU in NW Arkansas in the 1990s. She expects to graduate in May 2021.
She has always enjoyed writing, and poetry has been her method of choice. She believes that if you have a talent or a gift from God, or a desire to be used for His kingdom, He will make a way. You simply need to be willing.
You can read Christine’s Diary of a Prodigal Daughter column on the 3rd Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.