Anticipation and Hope

Today is the first Sunday in Advent.  If you are not familiar with this term here is a little background information.

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continues until Christmas Day.  The term “advent” is from the Latin word adventus meaning “arrival” and refers to a coming.   Many Christians have celebrated this time differently over the years, but the base for them all is the expectant waiting and preparation of Dec. 25th and the birth of Christ.  In my family, growing up, we had an Advent wreath with candles that we lit every night and part of a storybook to go with.  Grady and I haven’t started any traditions yet, but I thought it would be fun to share a little time of Advent, every Sunday, with you.  So here we go.

The Prophecy Candle-Hope:

“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me.  And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts.  “But who can endure the day of His coming?  And who can stand when He appears?  For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers soap.  “He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness.  “Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.                         Malachi 3:1-4

These verses are about the foretelling of Christ’s birth.  There were many people around the time of the birth of Christ, including the Wise Men, who knew the scriptures and were looking, in hope and anticipation for the signs of His coming.

In the hustle and bustle of the next few weeks, take some time to remember Christ’s first coming and look with anticipation for His second coming!

Do you have some favorite Christmas traditions for this first week of December?



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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.

9 Responses to Anticipation and Hope

  1. Candle of Hope gettng lit here tonight too. I have to get the greenery together to brighten up the wreath form, and I’m looking forward to it.

  2. David & Tina says:

    Brings back memories…….when growing up, we also had an advent wreath with four candles and would read from a book that quoted Old Testament prophecy.

    Yes, it’s so very important to remember the real reason for the season. One thing we’ve found that cuts out a lot of the hustle and bustle is to not exchange any gifts/presents at Christmas time (gifts can wait til everyone’s birthdays) and instead, focus on Jesus our Lord & Saviour and His coming into the world for us. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t share good food and quality time with family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers that need food and/or help.

    • Erin Phelan says:

      I’d like to save presents for birthdays too…guess Grady and I will have to decide on that tradition for our family.

  3. Amen and maranatha! 🙂

  4. Tasha says:

    We do the Advent candles and an Adevent Calendar for the boys. I am also sharing each Sunday on my blog about the candles. Also in the first week of December we start working on our “Christmas Memories Jar”. This is more for FUN, but all for family time.
    Happy Advent Season!!!

  5. Donna says:

    Thanks for educating the public!!! We are doing the advent candles in church as well. What a wonderful way to draw your attention away from the materialism and “holidayitis” that everyone is into and consider the true meaning of Christmas. What a Wonderful Gift!! we are looking forward to on Christmas Day!

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