Hard to believe it, but the season of Advent is already here!
So, just what is Advent anyway?
The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is to be on the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Christ. It will center around his first Advent (and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.)
Basically, it’s simply about anticipation. Anticipation of the coming King. The Anointed One. The Messiah. And the hope He would bring. To Christians, that Hope is the assurance of eternal life.
You might have seen or even used one of those clever Advent calendars at some point in your past. You know the ones. Where a door is opened each day in December and a surprise awaits you behind it.
I have an Advent wreathe in my house. This coming Sunday will be the 1st Sunday of Advent. Those of us who follow this tradition will light the first candle in our advent wreathes. (There are four candles in those wreathes by the way.) Three are purple. One is pink You light one candle each Sunday.
Each candle will have a name, and this coming one will be the candle of HOPE. Advent used to be the beginning of the Church Year for most Christians in the Western world. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24).
Light a candle this week won’t you? And be reminded: we live in the hope that He has come.
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Just my thoughts.
PS: One of my favorite Christmas Hymns is O Come, O Come Emmanuel. If you aren’t familiar with it, you can give a listen here: