Monday, Second Week of Advent
December 8, 2008

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." -- 1 John 1:7

A Season of Fellowship

I know how cheesy this may sound but for me Christmas and the Advent season is about family. I can't deny the images that come to mind when I start hearing Christmas songs on the radio and seeing ordinary houses becoming illuminated by hundreds of brilliant lights. I find myself being reminded of long car rides of painfully off-key caroling arriving to crowded living rooms filled with countless relatives and cousins eagerly awaiting the adolescent joys of Christmas.
As a kid, my thought process always was that the more relatives in attendance the more presents I was able to receive. My childish thoughts may have missed the point of Christmas, but I think I'm starting to see a little more clearly. I've been so fortunate to have Christmases that celebrate my family and the fellowship we can have together has become a greater joy for me than the gifts I've received.

Our fellowship and time together has helped me to become more and more amazed by the mystery of our God, a God who gave His Son to become the sacrifice that would allow us to become a part of the greatest family we could ever know, to have fellowship with one another and celebrate the miracle of Christ's birth and the promise of salvation through a tiny infant born in Bethlehem.

I hope that this Christmas we are able to appreciate the time we have to spend with our families and may we be reminded of the greater family we are apart of, a family that is brought together and made complete by the love God has for each and everyone of us. 

-- Nate Schneck '11