Advent is the expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas and the return of Christ at the Second coming! It is the anticipation of Jesus! I don’t remember Advent being a part of my vocabulary much growing up and in fact it was probably my later adult years that I began to hear so much about it. But now, I love Advent and what it represents. Advent is that period of time anticipating Christmas! We celebrate the baby Jesus at Christmas and during advent we are looking forward to that celebration and in our mind, as Christians we should also be celebrating and thinking on the second coming of Christ. That’s what Advent is all about!
Advent is usually celebrated the 4 Sundays leading up to Christmas. There is sometimes an Advent wreath with candles, 3 blue or purple, 1 rose colored and a Christ candle in the center. The 4 candles represent Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. Each Sunday a scripture would be read and 1 more candle lit with the Rose colored candle representing Joy and then on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day the Christ Candle would be lit.
So let’s anticipate! I have seen more Christmas trees and homes decorated before Thanksgiving this year than maybe ever before and what’s more people are ok with it. I have seen it in year’s past but then you would hear the complaints of “let Thanksgiving happen first”. I didn’t put mine up before Thanksgiving week but I did get it up the night before. But this year I think we all need a little something more to look forward to. But shouldn’t we be that expectant every year? Yes, I’m sure we should. What are you anticipating about Christmas this year? Time with family, Christmas lights, watching a child enjoy Christmas, the end of 2020!! Yes I am anticipating all of those things but I also want to anticipate Jesus! The anticipation of something can be almost as exciting as the event itself. So for me I am looking forward to Jesus, I am going to anticipate the new thing he will do in my heart this holiday season. I am going to ask him to do a new thing in me this Christmas. I want Him to make a way in the wilderness of my heart. What about you?
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19