Advent starts on December 1st and runs through December 24th. The term comes from the Latin word for Arrival, usually the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
Advent does not mean shopping for the perfect gift for your third cousin.
It’s not about baking cookies or decorating trees.
Advent has nothing to do with office parties, winter break, or watching Rudolph on CBS for the billionth time.
It is not about tradition, extra church services, red kettles, or food drives.
It is not a few extra days off or time with family.
Advent doesn’t mean being nicer to people or visiting Santa in the mall.
It has nothing to do with pc greetings of “Happy Holidays” in order to avoid offending another.
Advent is about one thing and one thing only. God, all-powerful, all-knowing and everywhere misses you! A long time ago, you were taken away from him by the sin of this world. He misses you so much, he came up with a plan. He sent his Son into our world to perform the most daring prison break in history!
Jesus became one of us on Christmas Day, deployed by the Father to pay our price and break the barrier that divides heaven and earth.
This period, this advent, is a time to prepare ourselves for our rescue! The Prison break is coming, soon. One day, in this world our the next, Jesus is coming again to take us back to where we belong.
So, we celebrate Advent as we remember how people were caught unawares the first time he came, so we don’t make the same mistake again.
Let’s Pray – Dear Jesus – Today, like every day, we long for you to return and take us home. But, if today is not the day, Help us to be more like you! We ask this in your name. Amen.