This coming Sunday, December 6, 2020, is the second Sunday in Advent.
“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.” John 3:16
Some choose other themes, but I like for this Sunday to be the Sunday of Love. Usually, this Sunday focuses on John the Baptist. He was the forerunner, the one who came before the Christ proclaiming His coming.
Although the Baptist tradition I grew up in did not even mention Advent, I’ve felt it significant that the Week of Prayer for Foreign Missions always seemed to include this Sunday.
Think about it: John the Baptist telling the good news of a Savior and missionaries around the world proclaiming the love of God through Christ Jesus, His Son.
John the Baptist…
On my Facebook page, I just posted a look at the Christmas Carol, “Away in a Manger” (you can view that here: A look at Away in a Manger) and matched the simple, profound scripture I quoted above, John 3:16, with this simple, beloved carol.
As we contemplate the coming of Christ this Sunday, let’s remember His great love for us and our responsibility to share that love with those around us.
Love. Missions. Advent!!
PS: A pastor I worked with, Dr. Michael Helms, wrote a fabulous devotional book for the Advent season. It’s called Finding Our Way with the Magi: a Daily Guide Through the Season of Advent. I wanted to give you the opportunity to have a copy. If you purchase after clicking this link, at no additional cost to you, I’ll receive a small commission, but here’s a link to purchase the book on Amazon Finding Our Way with the Magi (a Kindle version is also available on Amazon here).