I love Christmas, well really what I love is every moment leading up to Christmas, and this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about Advent. The concept seems to have gone by the wayside in contemporary churches, perhaps even for good reason, but this year, I want to focus on it. So I’m reading a little devotional I found online, and am going to try to share every week on my blog, what my thoughts/learnings have been. Feel free to read along with me on the devotional, although I have to make a disclaimer, I haven’t done it before, and upon skimming it looks good, but you just never know it might not be.
My thoughts on Advent: Advent to me is basically this concept of expectation, eagerly anticipating the arrival of our Savior. What an overwhelming thought. Before Christ’s life on earth, it was a waiting game, where as now, we can experience salvation the moment we believe, those before us were eagerly anticipating his arrival, waiting for the promise to be fulfilled. So I’ve been thinking what our society can associate with this kind of eager anticipation, like a single female eagerly anticipating the man who will make her a bride, or the eager anticipation of a first child to be born. I’m sure there is lots to compare it to. I’ve been trying to ask myself lately, what am I eagerly anticipating from God, what promises in my life am I waiting for him to fulfill. Am I even aware that he’s given me promises, and he’s longing more than I am for me to see them fulfilled? I’ve been learning so much lately about God, and how he works – I’ve grown up going to church, but it’s like I have new eyes recently, and I’m understanding things in different and deeper ways.
One big thing I am eagerly anticipating, is the waiting game of being made perfect in Him. I appreciate the process, and am grateful for the grace that comes along with it, but also can not wait for the day, when His work in me is finished, and I don’t have to deal with the ramifications of my own screw ups.
This week in Advent the focus is on hope, longing, expectation and prophecy. I hope you’ll join me in spending some time thinking about all of the hope we truely do have in Christ, and digging deep into ourselves to find the feeling of anticipation that we have toward God and his plans. I pray that we will all know these concepts in a new way.