“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭NLT

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Advent begins tomorrow. As the church would have it, this is meant to be a time of contemplation and expectation – we await the birth of the Saviour.

The irony is that for many of us this is the busiest time of the year. There are so many functions to attend, so many details to look after, so many things on the to-do list. It’s easy to be overwhelmed. To be unable to find time for contemplation as we rush from one thing to the next.

But here’s what I want you to know and to remember this Season: the only gift that really matters is the one given to us by God – our salvation. It is God’s free gift to us. There is nothing we can do to earn it, and short of renouncing God entirely, there is nothing we can do to jeopardize it.

It’s a sure thing – God has done this for us. Not because we deserved it, but because his love would not allow for anything less.

So relax. Take a moment in silent gratitude for this free gift. Pray out your thanks to God. Feel your heartbeat slow down, your breath deepen. And rest – rest in this good, good news.

And wait in contemplation and expectation for the One who brought us salvation to be born.

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