Shameless plug: I contributed two essays to an Advent devotional that just came out, “Our Savior Come.” Some copies arrived in the mail this week, and I was amazed to see an actual ISBN number on the back, giving it a real legitimacy.
And the real test of the legitimacy of any book, of course, is that it’s available on Amazon. Here’s the link. An e-book will also be available soon.
I give lots of credit to Dan Schmidt for organizing the contributors to create this book. It’s been a real pleasure working on this project with him and the other writers and artists. I look forward to reading it in-depth, because I admire their work. It really is quite good, despite the fact that I contributed to it. 🙂
Here’s an excerpt of one of my essays for it:
“For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy,” (Luke 1:44, ESV). What an odd prenatal phenomenon, that Elizabeth should feel the joy her unborn son felt at his first meeting with Mary and her unborn son! Why did the infant John the Baptist leap for joy? This is his first prophecy, in a sense. He recognizes who has come to meet him, and the simple presence of his Lord fills him with delight.
Psalm 16:11 says, “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore,” (ESV). John the Baptist tasted this fullness of joy as he met his Messiah, God become man, the Son of the Most High, the King of the Jews and the Gentiles. We too can share this joy, especially as we celebrate Advent. Our Savior was physically present among us during his time on earth; he is now present with us through his Spirit; and he will come again to be present with us forever. This is good news, cause for great rejoicing!
Do you have any Advent traditions or ways that you prepare for the Christmas season? I’d love to hear about them!