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Greenwood Forest Baptist Church

Advent Devotional Day 20-December 16

When it comes to the Advent season, the one word that I think describes the time  is joy. I mean, this is for one obvious reason—Christmas! It’s not called “the most wonderful time of the year” for nothing.

As we all bundle up, watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and drink hot cocoa, it’s happy times for all. Not to mention Christmas Day, where we wake up early in the morning and receive the gifts we put on our list, (I put a car on my list last year).

Don’t get me wrong, all of those things are great sources of joy during the season, although I think there is one larger one. As I’ve gotten older, my source of happiness has started to gear less towards Christmas morning, (I didn’t get my car), but more about the week or so leading up to Christmas. The Advent season is the time to spread joy throughout the community. My school puts up a giving tree where people can buy gifts for kids who cannot afford it. The Christmas boxes at church are the opportunity to see family are other examples.  There are many reasons to experience joy during the Advent season. The gifts are great for sure, but I get joy from the positive energy being spread around the church and the community as a whole.