For years, the commercialism of Christmas and the overshadowing of Christ's birth by wintry festivities left me with a sense of disquiet. He likely wasn't born in December, and yet, we (barely) dedicate this time to celebrate His entry into our world. So as I set out to design a scarf for the season, I sought God's heart.
As I sat in quiet meditation, it dawned on me that the concept of Advent isn't confined to a calendar countdown to Christmas—it's an everyday invitation to expect and welcome Christ into every facet of our lives... Read more...
The scarf is an emblem for all who await the fulfillment of God's promises. Serving as a tactile reminder, it calls upon individuals to prepare the manger of their hearts, making space for Christ's daily presence. Contemplating our Shepherd's nurturing care and the imminent return of our King isn't seasonal. The insert card with this scarf has a reflection that invites wearers to contemplate welcoming Jesus into every decision, relationship, and moment.
In anticipation of Christ's birth and the promise of His return, the Advent Scarf encapsulates the essence of both remembrance and expectation. It serves as a companion to believers, honoring the inception of Jesus while eagerly awaiting His triumphant second coming. This scarf holds within it the profound truth that Advent is an ongoing celebration of hope, love, and the continual revelation of God's divine plan for humanity.
...Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace...
Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: and the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
2 Corinthians 8:9
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.