“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10
I cannot think of a better word for the Advent season than “Behold”. “Behold’ is used 1,298 times in the King James version of the Bible. It is derived from the Greek word ‘eido’ which has the literal translation of: be sure to see. Or as I like to think of it – don’t miss this” (https://www.boblonac.com ). Advent is a time to ‘be sure to see’ all the signs of God’s involvement in our lives and in the world. It is a time to see the new things that the Holy Spirit is orchestrating on our behalf. It is a time to be sure to see the good news of great joy that Jesus brought to us 2,000 years ago and brings again to us each Christmas.
I see Advent as a time to experience Jesus in a new, fresh way. A time of awe and wonder for all that Jesus has done for us and all He is continuing to do. I want to be sure to see all the signs, all the somethings new, and all the good news of great joy that Advent holds. I do not want to miss a thing that God is doing. Let us not get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of the season but let us leave space for Behold; to be sure that we see the wonders of God.
Dear Father, open my spiritual eyes to see all that You want me to see this Advent. Keep me from getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. I want to Behold Jesus in a new, fresh way. In His name, Amen.
Written by Reenie Peppers
My prayer is to stop and behold the wonder of Christmas. It will be different and difficult without Dad but Jesus will bring us into His presence and we will rejoice knowing Dad is with us in spirit.
Dawn, my prayer is very similar to yours. No matter what our Christmas will look or feel like this year, it will come. It reminds me of , "The Grinch That Stole Christmas". (It came without stockings, ribbons or bows...) let us not miss out on the best gift ever given; God's love come down no matter what our circumstances have been this year. Yes, open our eyes to the wonderful Christmas this year!