“You get what you pay for.” If this adage masks a deeper truth, Christmas would bring it to light.
Christians refer to the weeks leading up to December the 25th as “Advent.” It is formally described as a time of preparation and expectation, of waiting for a “coming,” which is the meaning of the word “adventus.” These sentiments are popularly captured in the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” On the first Sunday of Advent, when we lit the first candle in the Advent wreath, pictured above, we joined Christians all over the world as we look forward to Christmas and the celebration of God’s son coming to us.
God’s coming to us is, however, a spiritual event. A godly bundle of joy wrapped in swaddling is questionably a realistic expectation. But the biggest challenge with keeping our spiritual intentions is protecting them from the concrete and mundane ones! Our tangible preparations for Christmas simply seem much more pressing - and real. Gifts for loved ones and travel reservations are but two material things we urgently have to come up with in time for Christmas.
So, suggests the adage, by Christmas it will be revealed just what we have been preparing for and working on all throughout Advent. Ensure today that Christmas will also be a spiritual event for you and your family. Plan on it. Join us, for example, as we light more candles in the Advent wreath, and let it draw you into a spiritual countdown to Christmas. Prepare for the sublime gifts of peace, love, hope, and joy. God is coming to you.