Advent ~ Celebrate and Anticipate the Coming of Christ

Will you find a way to celebrate advent this year?

Will you find a way to celebrate advent this year?

Advent.  The holiday season is right around the corner ~ and all the busyness that comes with it. In all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget what it is we are supposed to be celebrating! For Christians, it is a time of celebrating the birth of the Messiah, Jesus, the Christ, and also anticipating His return.

The word advent comes to us from the Latin word “adventus” which means “coming”. In the 6th century, St. Gregory the Great was the first to associate this season of Advent with the coming of Christ ~ but originally it was not the coming of the Christ-child that was anticipated, but rather, the second coming of Christ. Many Christians celebrate Advent not only by thanking God for Christ’s first coming to Earth as a baby but also for His presence among us today through the Holy Spirit, and they celebrate in preparation and anticipation of his second coming. This year I am going to find a way to celebrate advent, to carve out a little time in my hectic schedule to focus on Immanuel, God with us, and remember that He’s coming back.  Would you consider finding a way, no matter how small, to celebrate the season of advent? The real purpose of advent is to remind us that Jesus really is the reason for the season! Below are some links to additional resources and ideas on how you and your family can participate in the season of advent.

Christianity Today Article on the History of Advent

How Will You Observe Advent? Blog Entry on BibleGateway

Focus on the Family Celebrate Advent

Lifeway Advent Resource – See the first link for a PDF Advent Worship Guide

Advent Conspiracy ~ A Movement to Focus on the True Meaning of Christmas and Less on Consumerism ~ Encourages Christians to Be a Blessing

Advent Devotional From Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary

Advent Devotional Guide: Preparing for the Coming of Christ

Free Billy Graham Advent Devotional Download

Advent 2013 Family Devotional Guide

Sign Up for Free Celebrating Advent E-Chart from Rose Publishing

Gospels from the Pocket Testament League – Equip Yourself to Share

Saddleback Advent App

I know you will be blessed if you find some small way to consistently spend some time preparing your hearts and minds for the advent of our Lord, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Christ ~ Jesus.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:60

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One Response to Advent ~ Celebrate and Anticipate the Coming of Christ

  1. Sharon says:

    You know, I never really paid too much attention to the idea of Advent, until a few years ago. Oddly enough, it happened because I found a really cute Advent “calendar” – a wooden cabin, with doors to open every day of December leading up to Christmas. Each door had a tiny wooden animal in it. As I started pulling out each animal, and placing it around my little cabin, I was reminded of the Lord’s great work of creation. I was then touched, once again, by the gracious and loving humility it took to enter INTO His creation in order to save it.

    As I *unpack* the animals this year, I will also take the time to think about the future – and ponder the wondrous joy that HE is coming again!!

    GOD BLESS!

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