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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Dec. 7, 2010 - Advent's Joy

By Patrick J. Donadio

With the arrival of December we automatically think of Christmas and the Babe in a manger. If we really want to come to terms with the birth of Christ, we must also think of the Cross at this time. If there were no Bethlehem and no manger, there would be no Golgotha or Cross.

The Cross says to the world, “If you would believe in Me, eternal life is yours.” John 3:16 captures it all: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (KJV).

Numbers of churches give extended attention to Christ’s arrival in history through the traditions of the Advent. What does the word “Advent” mean to us? If you search out the word “Advent” in the dictionary, the most direct meaning is “the four Sundays before Christmas.” The four Sundays before Christmas focus on the themes of hope, joy, love and peace. Christ is certainly all of these things to us.

Additional meanings of Advent speak of the birth of Christ, the second coming of Christ, and the full revelation of our Savior as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Advent tells us that God in all His power and splendor walked among us on earth. Our soul should leap with joy because Christ, literally God, is also coming back to earth for His people. His promised return is not a myth, not some insignificant statement tucked in a corner of Scripture, but a proclamation of our future lives with our Lord.

Nonbelievers miss out on so much joy during the Advent season because the season has only a surface meaning for them. Until one accepts Christ as their Savior, much of Christmas’ meaning remains veiled. However, followers of Christ can walk with a smile and a spring in their step knowing that they will dwell forever in the presence of God in heaven.

The beauty of the Advent truly gives each Christian hope, joy, love and peace for today, tomorrow and eternity. If you have yet to discover this for yourself, I hope you will open your heart to the Savior today.

— Chaplain Patrick J. Donadio serves the graduate and professional students of Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.



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