Preparing for Advent
After the fullness of Thanksgiving and the consumerism of Black Friday comes the beginning of Advent Season. Those calendars with chocolates hiding behind doors are fun, but that’s never been what advent means to me.
|synonyms:||arrival, appearance, emergence, materialization, occurrence, dawn, birth, rise,|
the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.
The four Sundays leading up to Christmas are all focused on Christ’s birth; why he was sent here, and what that means for humanity. Each week looks at a different subject.
It’s so easy to get caught up in all the craziness of Christmas, and even though it’s a good kind of crazy it can distract from the importance of it all.
There are different ways to keep Advent on the forefront; worship music, daily devotionals, and Advent activities are just a few. Growing up we lit our Advent candle wreath along with a family devotional on Sundays, and I think that’s why I keep the tradition going as an adult.
For me that’s an ever-growing appreciation of why I celebrate this time of year. A plan set in motion from the beginning of time, foretold for thousands of years, and one that changed everything.
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