And just like that – it’s Advent! The season of Advent sounds like a wish list of everything we can dream about. Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love – who doesn’t need those gifts?
Advent comes every year and yet somehow this year it seems especially important. Perhaps it is the non-stop litany of worrisome headlines. There is plenty of bad news out there. Maybe it’s the isolation and the “don’t have family gatherings” thing.
Whatever the reason, the promises of Advent seem to take on new meaning:
- The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light (Isaiah 9:2)
- Comfort, comfort my people (Isaiah 40:1)
- God is Emmanuel, always with us (Matthew 1: 21-23)
- Do not be afraid (Luke 2:10)
- I bring you good news of great joy (Luke 2:10)
- Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Here is my advice about Advent – cherish these precious four weeks. Don’t let this short, powerful season slip by. Give yourself the gift of Advent this year. We need that sense of anticipation and promise and hope. We need the comfort and assurance. We need the reminder that God shows up where God is most needed.
It’s easy to forget those things.
So – this year, be intentional about celebrating Advent.
There are so many ways you can do that. Find one (or more) that work for you:
- Light a candle and recall God’s promise to be with us – always.
- Notice something beautiful every day. A sunrise, a bird, a friend, whatever – just notice. Then take a moment and describe it.
- Be a bearer of light – make a phone call, send an email, write a card, bake cookies, send flowers – share some of God’s love.
- Say one of the Scripture promises out loud every day.
- Think of three things you are thankful for. Say them out loud and give thanks for those blessings.
- Join us for worship each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Live – or watch the recording on our YouTube channel.
- Join our weekly Advent vesper services on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm for a brief time of prayer, music, and reflection. Contact the church for the Zoom link.
Advent is a love story about God’s love for each one of us. To know that you are loved and cherished is a gift. Take the time to savor the comfort of Advent blessings.