In our rush to celebrate Christmas, we tend to forget that there is another season that falls between Thanksgiving and Dec. 25; it is the season of Advent.
The Season of Advent is all about waiting and preparing for the arrival of Jesus. Honestly, we really don’t like waiting we want everything right now, right? But what about waiting for Jesus? Is that different? How do you feel about waiting? When you hear that awful word, “wait,” what comes to mind? How does God view waiting? How long are you willing to wait for a friend or a coworker? Or even someone you don’t like? Are you a fast food follower or a slow cooker/crock pot Christian? Do you expect God to answer now, or are you willing to wait?
In the four Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, Christians are encouraged to postpone their thoughts of Santa Claus, Christmas shopping, and seasonal decorations, and think instead about waiting. Waiting for the purposeful journey of Advent and journeying as a family of faith.
The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival” and, when used in conjunction with Christmas, reminds us of the anticipation and expectation held over hundreds of years by the people of Israel for their Messiah and promised King.
For centuries before Christ, Hebrew rabbis methodically and passionately taught the Jewish people that Messiah was coming. They taught that the people should be ready to embrace their King when he appeared. They emphasized the need for holy living and obedience to God’s law. This explains how the lowliest shepherds and fishermen of that day were acquainted with the promises of a Messiah. This season of preparation was all by God’s design.
During these weeks, we are invited to look at our lives, at our relationship with God and with each other. It is a time of prayer and renewal, of letting Jesus enter our hearts and change our lives. Let us learn in this time of waiting to recognize him among us and welcome him with joy.