Advent 2014 – Day 19

Advent 2014

The Animals’ Christmas Carol illustrated by Helen Ward (for Elijah-except he never opened it, so he’ll be getting it tomorrow instead)

The Drummer Boy by Ted Dekker (for Ian)
We went to a Hanukkah celebration with some friends from church tonight, which was a beautiful and fun time together.  (The kids came home loaded up with chocolate coins, dreidels, and gifts.)  It’s the second year we’ve done touched on Hanukkah with our family, and think I’d like to include it every year in our holiday celebrations.

We got home a little late but decided to to Bible time anyway.  For the Jesse Tree LEGO Challenge we talked about the story of Daniel, and then Ian made a den for the lions.  (Elijah got such a slow start, we’d finished reading in Jotham’s Journey by the time he was ready.)

The closing verse of “O Come O Come Emmanuel” really moved me tonight as we sang:

O come, Desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid every strife and quarrel cease
And fill the world with heaven’s peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

I’ve been thinking a lot about heaven lately, longing for that time when wolves and lambs will lie down together (as we talked about a couple nights ago), when there will be no more tears or sorrow.  What a beautiful prayer we sang tonight: fill the world with heaven’s peace.  Amen.