Searching for Advent Spirit

Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.

I just learned what “advent” meant five minutes ago.

I’ve signed up for a few advent studies because I see the posts on social media about it. I’ve read a few blogs and bookmarked a few books and sites that cover it. But to be honest I’ve mostly been watching other people observe the advent season as opposed to joining in.

I’ve never celebrated the season a special way. We never purchased the 25 candies and opened each one on the appropriate day. It’s just been a landslide from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day.

This season begs the question Am I contemplating and meditating on the arrival of Christ? 

What does that mean to me? Christ came. Christ is coming.

Most of the time I contemplate the arrival of everything else–bills (the 1st is coming!), our family income, projects, transitions, birthdays, events, or even conversations I want to have. Advent presents a challenge to recalibrate and do what should be done daily every year–reflect and live in gratefulness because of Jesus’ world-changing sacrifice.

God predestined many things before time began. Just a small summary of these things include:

  • your life
  • my life
  • providing the sacrifice of his only son to reconcile us
  • my salvation
  • the salvation of (at least billions)
  • the family you have
  • the birth date of every human
  • the laugh of every creature that laughs
  • every unique fingerprint

It’s phenomenal! God awaited us and all the things above. Let us await the coming of Jesus and the growth he has wrapped in future seasons.

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