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Advent: Birthday cake (Day 25)

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for. The eve of our Savior’s birth. If you haven’t made a cake for Jesus, this is your last chance. I went to make mine yesterday and realized I was one ingredient short so I’m actually making ours today. Tomorrow is Jesus’ birthday and what’s a birthday without cake?!

A few years ago I started making a birthday cake for Jesus and we have it for dessert every year on Christmas eve. I make this yummy pudding and rum cake. It’s a fun little tradition to remind my kids that though we celebrate with gifts and Santa while they’re little, there is more to it than that. Much, much more than that.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Advent series – it’s our very last day – and I pray you learned a little bit more about the reason we celebrate. I know I have, and I look at my Advent candles in a new and beautiful way. Infused with meaning, each candle represents something so much more than I ever realized. HOPE, PEACE, JOY and LOVE. A few nights ago in a quiet house after the kids were asleep, I lit the candles just to reflect on each word – the meaning so deeply rooted in each candle for me.

No matter or circumstances, we can find HOPE in the presence of Jesus; PEACE in His provision, right in the middle of our imperfection, our striving and our chaotic life. We find peace knowing He is there, in the midst of it, offering rescue from our fear. We find JOY in our birthright as a believer in Christ. Not because we are necessarily happy in all things, but because He is near and He is faithful. And finally LOVE. His love tells us that no matter what our story is: no matter where we have been, where we are, or where we are going, love is the ending. In Him, because of His unconditional, unfailing, merciful love, He will write the ending. Love wins.

Did you hear that? LOVE WINS!

Today’s Challenge: Make a birthday cake for Jesus. Celebrate the peace, hope, joy and love we have in Him. Let the kids help you decorate or put in the candles and sing: Happy Birthday Jesus. We love you Jesus. Thank you for loving us so perfectly, so mercifully, so beautifully well. Come. Let us adore Him.

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