The holiday season is upon us and many of our calendars are overfull with wonderful events and dutiful obligations. The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be among the most stressful of the year! So often, we can feel overwhelmed by all that we have to do or get accomplished during these sun-light shortened days.
Next weekend, we begin the Season of Advent. It is a time for us to pause and ponder the mystery of our salvation in Christ. It’s a liturgical season meant to keep us focused on what really matters. God has already accomplished great things in our midst! We look forward to celebrate anew what has wonderfully taken place in human history. The promise of the Messiah was fulfilled in the child born to Mary, God’s own beloved Son. He is Emmanuel – “God with us”.
Advent, also, is a time to look ahead with eyes attuned to the coming “Day of the Lord”. It’s a good reminder to put the things of this life in proper perspective. As we rejoice in the Christ of history, who came, suffered, died and rose for us, so too we look forward to His return in glory. Advent reminds us to be prepared… not so much with brightly wrapped boxes and bows… but with hearts eager to meet the Lord.
May we celebrate Advent with expectant joy and blessed peace in Christ!