It’s always fascinating to drive around town in late November or early December and see who has already put up their Christmas lights and decorations, or to ask the prying question of co-workers and friends, “When will you put up your Christmas tree?” Many are poised to decorate and prepare for Christmas as soon as the jack-o-lanterns of Halloween are packed away for another year, as thought the lights, sounds, and smells of Christmas bring a delightful reprieve from the darkness we find around us.
Whether you choose to decorate for Christmas in mid-June or December 24, the Church has traditionally marked the 4 Sundays before Christmas as a season of waiting; a season called Advent. The word Advent means “coming” and during Advent we reflect back on the time of waiting and preparation for the coming of Christ, as well as look forward with anticipation to His second coming. Advent calls us to expectant waiting and readiness for the coming of Christ, and as we embrace this season as a discipline of prayer, repentance and anticipation, the joy of Christmas is immeasurably intensified! Ultimately, Advent points us to the greatest hope we have – even in the darkest of moments. It places on display for us God, choosing to extend himself on our behalf, for the redemption of all of creation.
Our lives are shaped by the hope, joy, faith, and peace of Advent. Even the darkness of life cannot overpower the light that has been given in Jesus Christ! This is very good news! You’re invited to explore this more with us on Sunday morning at 9am or 11:15am! We can’t wait to see you there!