Our theme for this year is “Touching Jesus.” The chrismon (ornament) for this year is a tassel or a fringe that would hang toward the

2015 Chrismon

2015 Chrismon

bottom of Jesus robe, pharm like the one many touched during Jesus ministry and were healed. The chrismon represents HOPE and HEALING. The color for Advent is blue representing the HOPE we have not only of the coming of Jesus as a babe in Bethlehem to a virgin often depicted in blue, recipe but the HOPE we have in His second coming. Even today it is our faith in him that still heals us.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, ed but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”  47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” Luke 8:42-48 NIV

So who else touched Jesus? John the Baptist felt unworthy to carry Jesus sandals. Joseph was righteous enough to be the earthly father of Jesus. Mary was blessed among women to be the mother of Jesus. And the shepherds were honored to be the first to touch the Christ child. But what about us? We too are chosen to touch and be healed by Jesus through our faith in him.

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