It dawned on me this morning that it’s time to dig out the Christmas items. I can’t believe the time is here for me to begin decorating the tree this week. Placed on top of the holiday items that I store, where I can grab it quickly and not have to dig (something I have learned finally over time) is my advent stuff.
If you don’t observe Advent in your home, you might consider it this year.
If it’s new to you, here’s a quick overview:
- 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.
- The celebration centers around his first Advent (and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.)
Anticipation. Looking and waiting for the coming King. The Anointed One. The Messiah. The hope He will bring.
To Christians, that Hope is the assurance of eternal life.
I have an Advent wreath in my house. This coming Sunday will be the 1st Sunday of Advent. So, in keeping with this tradition I will light the first candle in my advent wreath.
If you aren’t aware, each candle has a name. It’s interesting to see the variances on that topic. Something for you to google this weekend?
Regardless, why not simply light a candle this week and see it as a reminder that we live in the hope that He has come—and will come again.
Just my thoughts,
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