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Advent 2023: Just Open the Gift by Steward Greta L. Kendrick


“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down [...] shall men give into your


Luke 6:38 NRSVUE

Third Day After Christmas

Have you ever received a present and immediately assumed you knew what was inside? In life,

we all have moments when we feel like we never get what we truly desire.

One thing is for certain; two things for sure: what is destined for each of us, God will bless us

with in His perfect timing, and this is never more evident than during Christmas. In this season

God presents us with the gift of Himself in our Savior Jesus the Christ.

In our moments of Christmastime reflection, thoughts of self should disappear. Our focus should

turn to people and things that truly matter, as Jesus does for us. The opened gift of Christ at

Christmas is not a one size fits all experience; it is a reciprocal gift that teaches, develops, and

matures us. So, as we grow into our gifts, we too can encourage others to accept and open the

Christ gift, one that we continually grow into and never grow out of.

Steward Greta L. Kendrick

Sr. Steward Board/Usher


Prayer: Gracious father, as we open the gift of Christ we thank you that He is everything that we

never had or even thought to ask for. He is our joy, peace and love, and we thank you for the

privilege to grow in this life and in each other. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Advent Guide 2023

As we stand in expectation of peace on Earth and reflect on the events of our times and the lives of our brothers, sisters and siblings in Christ, we await change and new birth.

We seek, listen and perceive the presence of God in words of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.

We invite you to join us in meditation, reflection, prayer and spiritual disciplines throughout the season of Advent and beyond.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and reflect along with us offline.




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