What Advent Is and What It Means To Me
What Advent Is and What It Means To Me
 
“Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”
- Isaiah 40:3
 
Advent is the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting. The practice of readings and teachings during Advent is often seen as the preparation for the Second Coming, while at the same time celebrating the First Coming of Christ.  Tradition varies among different churches as to the relative importance of penitence and expectation during the Advent season.
 
The usual Advent color in Western Christianity is either purple or blue.  Purple is often used for “hangings” around the church and the vestments of the clergy.  Blue, representing hope, is an alternative color.  In the Methodist church, the four candles represent, by Sunday, (1) hope, (2) faith, (3) joy, and (4) peace.
 
Advent is far more than simply marking an event which occurred 2,000 years ago.  It celebrates a truth about God: the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God.  In this double focus of past and future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power.  Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ does not know when that time will be; only our Heavenly Father knows.  When that time does come, Jesus will be ready and so should professing Christians.
 
We can do this by remembering the Advent season not just at Christmas but all year long, by letting others see Christ in us: by how we live our lives, how we express ourselves, and by always taking the opportunity to share Christ with others and celebrate with gladness the great promise of Advent.  Know that when Christ returns, He will come to rule, save, and judge the world.
 
Prayer
Father, we need your daily guidance as we prepare for your coming in our lives.  Amen.
 
- Bob Patrick

 

Last Published: November 26, 2013 3:36 PM
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