The Advent season is upon us once again. Thanksgiving has passed. Well, all but the leftovers. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have ushered in the rush of purchasing gifts.
Even the Hallmark Channel is now focusing on Advent with 24 hours of Christmas movies from now till the end of the month. I only know because “a friend told me” or I may have spent some time watching a few over the weekend 🙂
My mind began to swirl with thoughts and I turned to the “experts” on definitions and looked up ‘advent’ …
- the arrival of a notable person
- the 4 Sundays preceding Christmas
- derived from the Latin meaning “coming”
Advent has come to be a time to stop and wait. But what exactly are we waiting?
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.” (Isaiah 9:6, NLT)
We wait for a child born into poverty. Can it be?
“For while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.” (Luke 2:6-7, NLT)
Luke makes sure we know our Savior had no home, no clothes, no bassinet. No comforts. He who was rich became poor so that we who were poor could become rich.
And yet He came.
Time to prepare as we wait.
Time to ready our hearts.
Time to welcome Jesus.
Time for change.
We wait for salvation.
“And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21,NLT)