The word "advent" comes from the Latin "advenio" which means coming to. Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping. Beginning four Sundays prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, Advent helps us prepare for the coming, or "advent" of the Christ child at Christmas.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” ~Isaiah 7:14
Because of His birth, death, and resurrection, we have hope.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~John 8:12
It is tempting to get caught up in the busyness and stress as we head careening towards Christmas. Instead, let this be a time to slow down during the busy season, remember why it is that we celebrate, and ‘prepare the way for the Lord.’
"The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth -- the very thing the whole story has been about." -- C.S. Lewis
Waiting, Expecting, and Hoping Together...