Advent......Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is the four Sundays before Christmas. It celebrates the anticipation and the waiting over the centuries in the past for the coming of the Christ child to save our world. It also celebrates the waiting and anticipation of the second coming of our Savior. I love Advent in the church.
So today our church was busy decorating, getting some of the Christmas
decorations up in the sanctuary and the fellowship hall in anticipation
of the season. We were working together on several projects; everyone
running around getting their part done. It was snowing out. Jon walked
through the front door of the church. He and two other men had been
decorating the huge outside Engelmann Spruce with lights. He had on his
stocking cap and his heavy winter coat. He was covered in snow! I just
had to laugh!
"Did you get the lights on!?" I was just like a
little child! He told me that they had accomplished the task. So of
course I ran out the door to see. When I opened the doors of the church
it was a snowy, Christmassy wonderland. Snow was swirling and flying
about. It was cold and the world seemed transformed in its new snow. Jon
plugged in the lights so that I could see the tree. Of course the tree
had snow on the branches enhancing the lights. I was filled with joy and
I felt Advent stirring in my heart!
"Rejoice, rejoice Emanuel,
shall come to thee O Israel!" My prayer is that I always watch and wait
with anticipation like a child for the coming of our Messiah in my heart and in our world!