This is a season of hustle and bustle. I love this time of the year. As I was out and about today picking up some things, I couldn’t help be more joyous, more polite, and more caring seeing how busy the checkers were, and I took some extra care in being kind and speaking to each one.
This is also the first week of Advent. For so many years I did not have a clue what Advent was about, but today our church (yes, we are Baptist) celebrates the Advent season, and I’m studying along with sisters from church through the She Reads Advent series, and also participating with some of my on-line Bible study friends in Max Lucado’s Advent study.
Advent means “coming or arrival“. It begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year it began on December 3, and I was so excited to get to church. We had guest singers I love – Chris and Diane Machen, and they sang during our service. The church was all decorated and the choir was just amazing. Our preacher is amazing.
Christians around the world (including many of us Baptists) celebrate Advent. Advent is about celebrating the birth of a baby in a manger – our Lord Jesus Christ, and the hope He brings.
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psalm 39:7 (KJV)
The themes for the four weeks of Advent are hope, peace, joy and love.
This first week is about HOPE and the hope He brings to the World. I love this season of hope. For me, it’s all about His birth and how He died for me. It is about light – He is the light, and I think about that every morning when I light my candle on my kitchen counter. It is one thing I love about the time change – it’s dark for a long time in the morning, savoring my coffee and seeing that light, and sitting here in His presence reading my Bible, doing my Bible studies and studying about Advent. It is also dark early in the day now so double blessings in watching my candle burn.
Advent speaks to me to slow down, savor my study time learning more about the hope Christ brings. I love this time of year – the Christmas lights, presents, Christmas cards, shopping, decorating, musicals at church. I don’t enjoy crowds, but what if we paused and spoke to all we see – just a “Merry Christmas”, “Have a blessed day”.
I wish the season would slow down because I tell you for me it just goes so fast. Advent speaks slow down to me each day as I sit down with my books. I love sitting here looking at my tree with all the special ornaments – ornaments my parents gave us over the years, religious ornaments with the names of Jesus – King of Kings, Lord of Lords, etc., and the ribbon I bought that also has the names. I love walking in my office to pick up this laptop and looking over and seeing the beautiful manger my Mom gave us over a couple of years a few pieces at a time. Take a moment and see it here. I just had to write about it this year as I pause and remember Mom and Dad. Hoping to get to the cemetery today or tomorrow and leave a Christmas wreath on their graves. It’s the coldest day of the year here in Texas – in the 40s and the winds make it feel really cold for this old Teas gal
No, Christmas is not about presents, it’s not about the lights, but I sure enjoy the lights on the house. It’s about the King of Kings. It’s about a man who loves us, who knows us, who came and died for us, and who gives us hope. Our hope is in Him. He is the light – the light of the World – our light when things seem dark and gloomy.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 (KJV)
Look to light today – to Bethlehem. Share the HOPE of Christ to all you come in contact with each day. My hope is that as you and I touch a life here and there planting seeds that we will see our World change.