What is Advent?

When I was young, my family observed Advent, the four weeks prior to Christmas, by attending the midweek Advent service at church. We also had the Advent wreath on our dining room table with three white candles and the special purple candle that we lit during dinner time devotions. My favorite, of course, was the Advent calendar with the little pull tabs each day delivering  a chocolate treat. 

But what is Advent?

For many of us, we are so caught up in the aspects of shopping, decorating, parties and other festivities during this time. 

The word Advent, in Latin, means ‘coming or visiting’. It is a special time of hopeful expectation, a time to reflect on our need for the one who came to save His people from their sins,( Mathew 1:21), and to watch for His coming again. 

Expectant waiting is the overarching theme of Advent with each week focusing in anticipation. 

Waiting in hope.  John 14:3

Waiting in peace.  Luke 2:14

Waiting in joy.  Luke 1

Waiting in love.  John 3:16

Advent is the time of preparing both to celebrate Jesus’ birth and wait in anticipation for Jesus' return. 

Have a Blessed day, a gift from God!

Linda Culberson

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