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Welcome to my Advent blog! After the anxiety of most of 2020, I decided it was time to have some fun as we prepare ourselves for the coming celebration of the birth of Jesus and the second coming of Christ. So with that in mind, I began thinking about the things that help me keep track of the passage of time until that celebration arrives.

One of the things I have done over the years is look for an Advent devotional that helps me focus on my relationship with God. As I was perusing the options available this year, I stumbled over the book "Advent in Narnia" by Heidi Haverkamp. If you do not know about Narnia, you are in for a treat as I blog my thoughts initiated by this book.

Narnia is an imaginary land that is ruled over by the wicked White Witch until such time as Aslan (who represents Jesus) should come into the land again. The White Witch has kept Narnia in winter but never reaching Christmas which would lead to spring. Can you imagine that? Always snowing. Always cold. Always mentally and emotionally struggling due to gray days that go on and on with never any hope of celebrating Christmas or anticipating spring.

Perhaps we can imagine that, after months of staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19. What has that been like for you?

For four children who have been removed from their home, parents, and everything familiar, and placed in a new home in a foreign land, England, with a stranger who is an older man who never married and his housekeeper, it must have been like living in a situation like Narnia with no hope of ever returning home to family and friends, while they worried for the safety of their parents as WW2 raged on.

Have I peaked your curiosity yet? I hope so. The story of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" was written by C. S. Lewis. It is a children's fairy tale and is an easy read. Or there are movies out based on the book. I encourage you to take time to read or watch this delightful story and then come back to my blog. Or just follow my blog and you will understand the plot of the story.

May we have a blessed Advent season focused on the hope that comes through the birth of a baby born to poor parents in a stable!

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