Ravished With Wonder: Advent

Sharing something wonderful that my niece, Caitlin, has blessed me with.  From the book, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping The Full Love Story Of Christmas by Ann Voskamp.                                With Love, I share it with you.

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December 2: Ravished with wonder.

That the earth outside your window is tilted right now at just 23 degrees. So there are seasons and the vapors of the oceans don’t simply amass continents of ice, so the planet’s bulk of 6 sextillion tons (that’s 21 zeroes) spins perfectly balanced on an invisible axis, spinning you around at 1,000 miles an hour, 9 million miles a year. Hurtling you through space even right now in this sun orbit at 19 miles per second, 600 million miles a year.

You, held in this moment by this unseen belt of gravity and scrolling this page slowly while the miracle happens all around you: “He poised the earth on nothingness.” (Job 26:7)

Ravished with wonder.

The answer to deep anxiety is the deep adoration of God.

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A celebration of the complete love story that’s been coming for you since the very beginning.

In what is certain to become an instant holiday classic, Voskamp reaches back into the pages of the Old Testament to explore the lineage of Jesus — the greatest gift — through the majestic advent tradition of “The Jesse Tree,” each day featuring its own exquisite ornament highlighting the Biblical story (free download of each of the 25 ornaments available from Voskamp’s website, annvoskamp.com ).

Beginning with Jesse, the father of David, The Greatest Gift retraces the epic pageantry of mankind, from Adam to the Messiah, with each day’s profound reading pointing to the coming promise of Christ, so that come Christmas morning you find that the season hasn’t blurred past you but your heart’s fully unwrapped the greatest gift you’ve always yearned for.

Sure to become a holiday staple in every Christian home, The Greatest Gift, a New York Times bestseller, is the perfect gift for the holidays and a timeless invitation into the richness of the true meaning of Christmas.

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