December 21, 2014
Luke 1:26-38
Romans 16:25-27
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16


When does a house become a home for the holidays?
Advent 4

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David Coffin
Many people make Advent preparations in hopes that they will be able to celebrate their hard-earned holidays in a "home." However, there is also the risk that the dwelling of relatives, family and friends where the holidays are observed hardly meets that definition. Will these be times that are spent in merely a house that warm bodies occupy for a finite period of time while awaiting the next event in their lives? The texts today point out the differences between a "house" and "home" in rhetoric or the framing of the cherished event of the day. One caveat of such descriptions of "house and home is that one person's home may seem to be merely another person's house and vice versa." The first lesson in 1 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 is God's reply to King David's offer to build the deity a temple....

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