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?