The Longing of Advent

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel.

We are at the beginning of the season of Advent. Advent means ‘appearing’ and looks back toward Jesus’ birth over 2,000 years ago while also looking forward to His future return.

Historically, Christians have celebrated Advent as the beginning of the church year, which is a journey through the life of Christ and the life of the early church.  Advent is a four-week time of heart-preparation and thoughtful repentance as we draw near to Christmas. We enter into the longing of God’s people, Israel, as they awaited the Savior, then celebrating the birth of Jesus with all the hope, joy, and light He brings. But we also enter into the anticipation of waiting for His coming with renewed focus.

Here’s a question for you:

How are you waiting for Jesus’ coming this Advent, whether His birth or His anticipated return?

2 thoughts on “The Longing of Advent

  1. It started with angels declaring good tidings of great joy. Music of joy and happiness ring out even in the places of commerce, a society that tries hard not to acknowledge Him talks of peace on earth and good will to men as if it were possible without Him. It is as if the whole world is responding to the great gift of love sent by the Creator. Those of us who know and worship Him, let us pull out the stops and let the joy flow. Reflect His gift to us so that it can rest on others.

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