“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” - Isaiah 9:6
This Sunday marks the beginning of the season of Advent in the Church, which begins four Sundays before December 25th. This is a season where we focus on the fact that Jesus was born to Mary & Joseph over 2,000 years ago. Jesus came, He dwelled among us and saved us. He died on the cross to save us from our sins and rose again that we might have eternal life. During advent, we remember that He came, that He died, & rose again. We celebrate that He redeemed and restored us.
But that is not all, during Advent, we also wait expectantly. Jesus promised that He would come again and that He would make all things new. Advent is a time when we can reflect on the fact that He has come & will come again.
There are many ways to celebrate Advent, some more traditional than others. I honestly grew up not knowing much about Advent other than it was fun to open the little doors on the calendar. However, as I have gotten older, I have recognized the importance of setting time a part in the midst of a chaotic season to reflect on His first coming and anticipate His second coming. For us this year, celebrating Advent will look like gathering together with friends on Sunday evenings to read a passage of scripture, pray together, and light a candle. We will also be going through the daily readings in She Reads Truth’s Advent Guide, Joy to the World.
I encourage you to carve out time in this season to remember Jesus’ first coming & wait expectantly for His return. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or shouldn’t add to the stress of the season, but instead should be something that stirs your affection for the Lord & allows you to focus on Him during this season.