First Presbyterian Church – Cedar Rapids

December 15

I often feel that my family’s Advent and Christmas traditions have been swallowed up by travel obligations.  We are always ‘somewhere else’ for Christmas.   My wife and I have never spent a Christmas in our own home.  We have never experienced a Christmas Eve candle light service in our home church.  We have never opened presents at our own Christmas tree.  Sometimes I think that my family has sacrificed too much.  Why are we always the ones who have to be ‘somewhere else’?   But the answer to that question is easy; we travel to connect with family.  For us, Advent is a time of preparation to renew love for family, and for me, love of family is a symbol of the experience of the love of God, which, I believe, is the true meaning of Advent.


Dan Ottemoeller

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