"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end."
Advent comes from the Latin word adventus which means "coming" or "visit." The season of advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and is a time when Christians focus on the coming of Christ. Both the first coming 2000 years ago, and the second coming, when all will be made new.
Because I didn't grow up in the church, the only thing I associated with advent for most of my life was the cardboard calendar with chocolates inside. One for each day leading up to Christmas.
Those things were the best!
It wasn't until the last few years that I started investigating the spiritual practice of advent. What I found out is that these four weeks are about more than chocolate candies. When you dive into the story of Christmas and study the prophecies, promises new and old, your faith takes on an expectant hope. Hope because of what God gave us through his Son Jesus. And expectancy for what is yet to come.
I'm excited to invite you into this journey with me this year. Today is the first of our Advent series that will take us all the way to Christmas day with brand new devotionals each day. Come with us as we look at the prophecies in the Old Testament, the birth and life of Jesus, and his incredible gift to us.
Prayer: God thank you for the perfect way you weave this story together so that we can reflect on what you've done and expect you to do all that you've promised.
Suggested Reading: Isaiah 9:1-7