Advent is a season of waiting. Expectantly. With hope. For our Messiah to return.
It is a four-week period before Christmas where we allow ourselves the time and grace to reflect on the tiny miracles that create the fabric of our lives so we can express our gratitude to our Heavenly Father for every fiber, every twist and every breath.
We use this time to prepare our souls for the coming of our Savior: first, at His birth; second, in our lives when we accept Him, and; finally, when He makes His second coming at the end of time.
We once invited our (then) four-year-old granddaughter and her family to go to Disneyland. For weeks, she had her suitcase out. She prepared by packing all her princess gowns. She asked serious questions about Disneyland. She was curious and excited about what was about to happen. She was anxiously awaiting Disneyland. What happened as she waited? She learned more and the learning helped her savor everything more once we arrived!
Am I awaiting the birth of my Savior like my granddaughter awaited Disneyland? Am I preparing? Asking questions? Am I learning so I can savor more of Who He is once he arrives??
I confess, I arrived to the Advent party late–by years, but in 2011, I started. I dabbled. I studied. Now, I’d like to help the next generations discover the benefits of waiting.
- Maybe you are looking for a deeper connection to Jesus.
- Or maybe you’d like to celebrate Christmas in a new way—with less stuff and more meaning, fewer activities and more peace.
- Maybe you want your children to be more concerned about waiting for a Savior than a Santa?
Until Christmas, I will post a blog weekly on Saturday that includes a link to a guide with step by step instructions for us new Advent-ers to follow on Sunday. Each Weekly Guide has scripture passages–one to read every day of the following week when you light your first purple Advent candle (you can buy a set of Advent candles at Hobby Lobby and Hallmark for less than $10). Read what you have time for during the week, but don’t give up if it doesn’t all happen. God knows your heart.
In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
Join this quiet revolution of God-seekers who want a deeper connection at Christmastime.
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