Well, it’s officially after Thanksgiving, so you know what that means! It’s Christmas! We know this because our Starbucks comes in red cups, you can’t go anywhere without hearing Christmas carols, and the movie Elf is running on at least one TV channel at all hours of the day. From here on out it’s a downhill slide into “the most wonderful time of the year.” Like it or not, it’s time to get ready for Christmas.
As the church, we also take time to get ready for Christmas. This is the beginning of Advent, the season when we take time to prepare our hearts and our lives for the reality that Jesus is coming. The four weeks leading up to Christmas are set apart as a time of expectation and preparation for that moment when Jesus enters the world. It takes us back to those days long ago when the exiles of Israel desperately waited in anticipation for the Messiah to come. This is a season filled with expectation and hope.
- Isaiah 61:1 - 7
- Luke 1:26 - 38