"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
Regardless of where we live, or what season it may be, we all experience the long darkness of winter in our lives. During our winters we wait for the coming of spring, for better times, for our prayers to be answered. And during Advent we wait, for the coming of the Christ child and the new hope and new life that he brings.
A Winter Name for God sheds light on the darkness of winter, offering thirty-one devotions filled with warmth and hope to open our hearts to the miracle of Christmas. Annotated with stories, experiences, and observations from ordinary events of life, these daily devotions and prayers help us to see profound spiritual insights about faith, such as the ordinary birth of a child that so utterly changed the world. Although in Advent our joys and sorrows are felt most keenly, the divine presence endures through all seasons. A Winter Name for God celebrates that enduring presence of God's love revealed to the world through Jesus Christ.