As we begin the month of December, we also begin the season of Advent. This year Advent starts on Sunday, December 2nd, which, as always, is the 4 Sundays prior to Christmas. The definition of advent is "the arrival of a notable person, thing or event." The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming". During this time Christian believers prepare for the coming of Christ. We wait expectantly and happily.
One of the ways we celebrate the season is with the Candles and one pink or rose candle - four in all, one for each week. A fifth white candle is lit on Christmas Eve. The candles fires burn during each service so that by the end of Advent all of the candles lights shine.
As we progress through this time, traditions help our Church members prepare their hearts. We have our Advent Luncheon/Celebration including lunch with Santa - much to the children's delight. The sanctuary is decorated. Also shut-in trays are made and delivered.
While Advent is a time for celebration and anticipation of Christ's birth, it is more than that. It is at this time that the miracle of Christmas - the birth of our Savior - can be fully understood and appreciated. The Christian life makes sense! We are between God's promises. He has fulfilled His promise of Christ's first coming. We are awaiting our second promise - His second coming.
As we enter the Advent season let us look toward the miracle of our Savior's birth. Let us slow down to let the season engulf us and to relish in it. As we get together with family and friends - as we shop and gift wrap - bake and decorate - let us remember the "Reason for the Season". Jesus our Savior was born in a manger to later die for all of us on the cross to let us have eternal life.