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December 2023 Student Minister's Note

by Lilly Hunter

The Advent season is officially upon us! As we celebrate these weeks of eager anticipation for Christmas, I reminded of the words of Paul in Romans 8:19-23

19 The creation waits eagerly for the sons of God to be revealed; 20 for the creation was made subject to frustration — not willingly, but because of the one who subjected it. But it was given a reliable hope 21 that it too would be set free from its bondage to decay and would enjoy the freedom accompanying the glory that God’s children will have. 22 We know that until now, the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth; 23 and not only it, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons — that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free.”

Just as we wait for Christmas, so does all creation wait expectantly for the redemption and renewal that is to come with the return of the Savior! Just like all of creation, we have a reliable hope - that the Creator of this world did not leave to languish in the effects of sin and death but that He is returning to make all things new! As you adorn your home, office, and gifts with silver and gold that glimmers know that even the joy

of this season is but a foretaste of the incredible life that is to come.


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