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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 2:16 pm

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us and we can take a deep breath. At the same time, we are constantly reminded that the “holiday season” is in full swing, and we need to get ready. Are we ready? Have we checked all of the items on our to- do list?

The Christian Church has an antidote for our society’s frantic behavior during the holiday season. It is called “Advent.” First, a definition: it comes from the Latin “ad-venire” meaning “to come to.” Advent is the season including the four Sundays, and weekdays, leading up to the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child, the first coming of God’s Son, Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from Dec. 17 to Dec. 24, the focus turns to our preparation for the celebrations of the first coming of our Lord.

Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, which includes four candles, three are purple and one is pink, that surround a center white candle. Each week, another one of the four candles is lit.

There are different meanings assigned to the four candles, but the most common is that they represent hope, peace, joy, and love, reminding us of the true meaning of the season. The white candle is called the “Christ Candle,”and it is lit on Christmas Eve to signal the birth of Jesus Christ.

There are other resources for families including Advent Calendars, daily devotional readings, prayers and other activities to help us prepare spiritually for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

If you want to find out more about Advent resources, they are available online and in stores that feature Christian materials.

The first week of Advent is all about hope. Think about hope as you read Lamentations 3: 21-24: “Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; “therefore I will wait for him.” (NIV).

Have a blessed Advent.

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