Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Looking ahead - past the feast day of Thanksgiving… the season of Advent will begin on Sunday, December 1st this year. How fitting to begin on the 1st of December and begin anew looking forward to the season of Christmas. Although the retail market every year depicts the Christmas season earlier and earlier. As with this year I think they began their greedy gimmicks early September. It’s no wonder why by the time Christmas Day actually arrives everyone is snapping at one another.
The Christmas Season was designed as being of 12 days beginning with the vigil of Christ’s birth on Christmas Eve and concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 12th, 2014 this coming new year. The Christmas tree and the Nativity scene are popular symbols of the season and a tradition in many homes. So as we enter into this season of Advent, in anticipation of receiving the gift of Christ it is also traditional to exchange Christmas gifts with family and friends. As a way to honor God's gift of his only son to the world we naturally want to pass that gift along to our loved ones, with the love in our hearts, reflecting on the gifts we give, not in what we will receive.
What better way to get into this beautiful season than to study HIS word. Ahem, so why not join in a 6-week Bible Study on my SparkTeam - First Place 4 Health. I have been a leader since Jan 2010 in a F2F group at my local parish and now have reactivated this SparkTeam in hopes to encourage others. FP4H is a Christ-centered total-wellness program that advocates helping one obtain a balanced life through motivation, healthy eating, support, fitness & daily Bible Study. THIS NOT a DIET but a LIFESTYLE CHANGE!
Fittingly (no pun intended) this SparkTeam will begin a 6-Week Bible Study on December 1st. The Study is Healthy Holidays - ISBN-13 - 9780830733743; A Plan to Help You Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle through this Holiday Season. Now there’s a real concept hu? Hope those reading this blog will consider joining this team and participate in focusing on the Reason for the Season!! Please note this study was printed in 2005 so I’m not sure if there are still NEW copies available but If you don't mind you may be able to get a better price as "used" by checking out http://www.booksprice.com/ and plug in the ISBN # -
I do hope our paths will meet, if not in this world than in the next!!! God Bless