Let’s see…How many days before Christmas?
Well, there needs to be gifts purchased, Christmas baking to be done, Charitable contributions to be given, scheduling Christmas parties, getting out the Christmas pictures and letters, wrapping the gifts…wait, we need a tree for the gifts…are my ornaments and decor still okay? Do I need to get more? Oh, and the teacher gifts, mailman gift, neighbor gift, co-worker AND boss gift. Then there’s the Christmas dinner! Where am I going? Who are we with? Do I have gifts for them? What do I need to go purchase for food? …How many days before Christmas?
HE IS COMING
Advent means “coming” or “arrival.”
The focus of the entire Advent season is preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating the redemptive plan of God, the incarnation of God in Christ and that we can now be reconciled and brought back to Him.
Advent not only looks to the past and to the future, but it also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and to the Church, as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power.
Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. We can await in this anticipation with joy and excitement as we celebrate this beautiful season of Christ’s first coming and the long-cast look to His glorious return!
This month, we’ve asked some of our Grace Chapel ladies to reflect on the
four weeks of Advent which are:
Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace
May these stories and reflections cause you to take a moment to yourself. To stop and breathe. To realign your priorities. To dig deep and find “a thrill of hope [as] the weary world rejoices”.
Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.