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Why Observing Advent is “Advent”ageous

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

Sunday, November 27, 2022 began the season of Advent. The word Advent comes from the Latin “adventus” which means “coming” or “arrival”. The people of God in the Old Testament were awaiting the coming of the promised Messiah, who, as the New Testament tells us, came as a baby, born of Mary, in the town of Bethlehem. Liturgical churches observe Advent. Most (not all) evangelical churches observe Advent in one way or another leading up to Christmas. Most non religious and even some religious people do not care about Advent. I would like to share a few thoughts as to why faithfully observing Advent is advantageous, or “Advent”ageous.

1) Taking the time each week and/or day in the season of Advent to read and meditate on the many wonderful passages in the Bible regarding the promises we have in Christ our Savior and the reason for His coming keeps us grounded in the reality of the Kingdom of God. It is a reality that is greater and more far reaching than any kingdom this world has ever known or can offer.

2) If Advent does not dictate how you celebrate Christmas, the culture most certainly will. Our culture is replete with options that will keep you preoccupied through the holidays – from eating, drinking, and being merry. Not all that is bad. I enjoy Christmas parties and gatherings and the festivities that come with this time of year, and I’m sure you do as well. However, observing Advent keeps our perspective on that which is eternal and significant. For when the parties are over, all the decorations come down, and the tree and lights are put away, Jesus and His eternal purposes will remain.

3) There are simply no greater themes than the ideals of Advent for us to focus on - hope, peace, love, and joy

4) Observing Advent will mature and develop us. We all remember the thrill of getting gifts as little children at Christmas and the rush of tearing the wrapping paper, opening the boxes, and reveling in our new presents. But too many people have never outgrown this desire of receiving material gratification. Giving gifts as adults is a wonderful thing to do. However, giving of ourselves to God in worship and in selfless service to others is the gift that our communities need the most right now, and Advent can help us get to that point.

May you draw close to God this Advent, for as this season reminds us, it was God who came down to be with us.

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