We wait for things every day, but Advent teaches us to wait well
GOD SO LOVED
12/2 | Mary: Being Present in Our Waiting
12/9 | Joseph: Practicing Self-Denial in Our Waiting
12/16 | Simeon: Practicing Obedience in Our Waiting
12/23 | The Magi: Practicing Contemplation in Our Waiting
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What is Advent?
The word “advent” means “coming.” This season focuses us upon the birth of Jesus as the Christ (his first advent) and his return as King (his second advent).
In Advent we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. We celebrate his birth on one of the shortest and therefore darkest days of the year. At the birth of Christ, the Light of the World pierced this darkness, and we are reminded that Jesus will come again and bring perpetual light in the new heavens and new earth. In this season we ready our hearts to receive the baby Jesus on Christmas morning and the resurrected Lord Jesus when He comes again.
Our theme during Advent this year is waiting. Everyone waits, though most of us do not wait well. Waiting halts our plans, impedes our ambitions and causes great anxiety. But what if we could have peace in our times of waiting? As crazy as that sounds, Mary, Joseph, Simeon and the Magi all waited with peace. As we wait to celebrate the first coming of Jesus on Christmas morning, currently wait for the second coming of Jesus, and face other times of waiting throughout our lives, we can wait now knowing the peace they knew then.