Your descendants would be like the sand, and those born of your stock like its grains, their name never cut off or blotted out from My presence” – Isaiah 48:19

In the gentle embrace of Advent’s anticipation, we find hope in the words of Isaiah: “Their name never cut off or blotted out from my presence” (Is 48:19). As we prepare to welcome the Savior’s birth, we are constantly reminded of memories of our loved ones and the enduring legacy of love.

This Holy Season echoes memories of family gatherings through the decades past. While we may have lost some loved ones, we also experience the joy of expanding our family tree. Each year, we light candles around the advent wreath, and the light serves as a reminder of the past and the future.

The Advent candles flicker like memories handed down through time. The legacy of love I witnessed as a child and now see in my children parallels the assurance of God’s embrace, both unbroken by passing years.

As we gather this Advent, we embrace the promise that our names, like our ancestors, are forever etched in God’s heart. Our presence, love, and faith endure, weaving a timeless connection that binds generations.

Let this season of anticipation remind us that just as Advent’s light kindles hope anew, so does God’s promise illuminate our souls.

Jesus, as we anticipate the celebration of Your birth, we are reminded of the joyous time with our loved ones. May Your blessings be upon all those we encounter and love on this journey together. Amen.

John Berger

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