How’s Your Advent?

How’s Your Advent?

In a day when the news is barking at us with allegation after allegation, with reaction after reaction, it’s time to take a deep breath and prepare. Prepare our hearts, prepare our minds, prepare our souls for the coming of the King.

 

The word Advent comes from the Latin “adventus” meaning “arrival” or “coming,” particularly of something of great importance. We celebrate this Christmas season by preparing for the arrival of the important One, the true hope, the expected one, the one prophesied about, Jesus.

 

Jesus has come to earth. Jesus is coming into our lives now. Jesus is coming again.

 

Each Sunday in Advent we light a candle in preparation of the celebration of Christmas day. The first candle is the prophecy candle or candle of Hope. The second candle is the Bethlehem candle or candle of Preparation. The third candle is the Shepherd candle or candle of Joy. The fourth candle is the Angel candle or the candle of Love. And the last candle is the Christ candle.

 

As we participate in this season of Advent, let us breathe deep the breath of true life as we await the true Savior.

 

Let us take time to Hope and lay our hopes before the Lord.

Let us take time to Prepare and bring our thoughts of preparation before the Lord.

Let us take time to lean into Joy and what it means to live our lives out of joy in the Lord.

Let us take time to Love, even when it’s hard or complicated or sacrificial.

 

Because we are waiting for the One who embodies all of this and so much more. The One who comes to be with us, to feel our pain, to bring healing to the brokenness that is both within us and happening all around us.

 

Holy Spirit come.

Fall afresh on us as we encounter the Advent season.

Let us take time to breathe afresh your Spirit of Life.

 

May God bless your Advent season.

by KC DiNardo