Join me for Advent

Wow, can you believe we’ve rolled around to December already again? Time to get out the Christmas decorations and start making lists! How come Christmas gets here so fast now that I’m all grown up? When I was a little girl, it seemed Christmas took forever arriving.  

Remember your childhood impatience when the year stretched long, but finally you could see Christmas approaching on the wall calendar? When I saw the day marked in bold letters, I immediately associated it with brightly wrapped gifts, colorful lights, and familiar carols—I couldn’t wait! This year, let your childhood anticipation and excitement for Christmas be surpassed by another type of waiting; waiting for Him.

This month, as we enter the Christmas season, I want it to be about much more than lights and shopping. I want to experience Advent with you here on the blog. The Christmas season of Advent actually begins four Sundays before Christmas. But any date on the calendar is the right time to begin turning your heart and focus toward the One who brings us this special season. 

Advent means “approach” or “coming.” Celebrating Advent gives us the opportunity to thoughtfully reflect on the first coming of our Lord to the world as the infant King. The Advent season can also serve as an encouragement to continually abide in Christ’s presence through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. And finally, Advent encourages us to anticipate Jesus’ final coming which we see in Revelation 19.

Advent is a season of joy-filled, confident expectancy.  

The Old Testaments saints waited.

The prophets waited.

Anna waited.

Anna waited for her Redeemer to appear, and on a day which began much like all the days she’d experienced before, she encountered Him as she was faithfully serving. God in infant flesh:

And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD”), and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord . . .

 And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. (Luke 2)

Let’s follow Anna’s example. Will you pause a moment today? Turn your inward gaze toward the Infant King who no longer lies in a humble stable, but stands at the right hand of the Father and ever lives to make intercession for you. Voice your thanks to Him. Let your heart revel in the works He’s performed, in the power of the gospel, and in His lovingkindness toward you.

In this season of hurried activity, bustle and noise, you will have many opportunities to wait. Long lines at the grocery, long lines on the busy streets, long waits on phone lines with computerized voices asking us to please “hold.” Each time you’re asked to wait this season, use that as an Advent moment, a moment to turn your heart toward Him in anticipation of His return and in memory of His first coming.

Let’s worship as we wait.

One Comment

  • Vivian Etherington

    I am so with you on this, Kim! Yesterday my pastor preached a great message from Matthew 2. My prayer is that we will worship Him at any cost, like tha Magi did– they travelled a long, dangerous journey to find Him and gave Him costly treasure. “…they saw the child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And, opening their treasures…” I love that–” they fell down and worshiped!” May we keep that posture in our hearts! He is so worthy!