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Advent Hallelujah

One of the things I like most about kids is their genuine amazement at the world.  To kids, a slight of hand card trick is truly magic, and worms, butterflies and flowers are delightful mysteries waiting to be discovered.  I think this amazement might be part of what Jesus is referring to in when he says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”  


To me, a large part of what Advent is about is amazement.  Traditionally, Advent is a time of waiting and hope.  It’s a time of recognition of our world’s need for a savior.  But it’s hard for me, in the midst of this, to forget the end of the story.  I know what God’s plan was.  I know that God waited for the perfect time to send his son to save us.  I know that God’s plan was to enter our world in the form of a helpless child, who would one day redeem us.  When I ponder this, our all powerful God becoming a helpless infant, I can’t help but be amazed. 

This song, a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s famous song “Hallelujah”, has helped me capture some of that amazement and wonder of this season.    


As you are preparing yourself in the coming weeks for the coming of our Lord and Savior, may you be struck by amazement for God’s plan for us all, until you too can join the “Hallelujahs” on Christmas Day. ~Andrew

Posted by Andrew Hostetter at 7:00 AM
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