“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the LORD;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.”
Well, wow, who knew Thanksgiving could come and go so quickly? And just like that, it’s time for Christmas. I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who can’t start on Christmas until the turkey and sweet potatoes have been fully consumed. Then, Friday morning, as I awake from my turkey coma, it’s on to December 25th. This year, Christmas decorations went up in stores even earlier…before you know it, they’ll have them up right after the 4th of July.
It’s amazing how much preparation goes into Christmas from the tree and the decorations to the presents, parties, and cards…there is much to be done! Yet, the most important preparation of all is how we prepare our own hearts as we get ready to herald the arrival of the birth of Christ and eagerly await His return. The “holiday season” has gotten so out of control that it’s easy to go through the entire month without even thinking about what the season is truly about and how it all began.
In the Christian calendar, this week marks the first week of Advent. Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas and is a season that prepares us for the celebration of Christ’s birth. Also, it reminds us that we are eagerly awaiting His return. The word advent comes from the Latin word advenio which means coming to. Advent is a time to re-focus our hearts and our minds on Christ coming to the world.
I’m so excited about all of the joy and celebration within the Christmas season, but most importantly, I want to remember the ultimate Joy. As we start getting everything ready for the big day, let’s remember to get our hearts ready as well.
My mom, aka “Mrs. Advent”, loves to encourage people to embrace the true reason for Christmas. Advent is by far her favorite time of year. Several years ago, she wrote a devotional book for Advent and today and tomorrow, she’s offering to mail a free copy to anyone interested. All you have to do is e-mail me your mailing address to elizabeth.r.williams1(at)gmail(dot)com and she’ll send you a copy this week. It’s a great, easy way to have a little encouragement each day leading up to Christmas.
Also, to learn more about Advent, the wreath, and those little purple candles, you can watch a clip she did a few years ago for Living the Life:
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