The word advent means “coming” or “arrival.” For centuries, different churches have created various practices to help prepare hearts, minds, calendars, congregations, families, and individuals to celebrate the coming/arrival of Christ. Through the practice of observing advent and lighting the candles of an advent wreath in the weeks before Christmas, we can look back at how God was faithful to fulfill His promise of a Messiah and then look forward to the promise of Christ's return. Advent helps us trust that since God was faithful in the past, He will be faithful in the future.
Advent is a season of preparing for Christmas. But with all the busyness of the season, how can we remember what we’re celebrating? In this chapter, you’ll reflect on Advent and ways you can use this time to slow down and look forward to the return of Jesus.
In many traditions, the second candle of Advent symbolizes “love,” but what does love have to do with Christmas? Well, a lot! In this chapter, you’ll look at the selfless, sacrificial love that’s woven through the entire Christmas story, starting with Mary and Joseph.
The Christmas story is filled with joy. And despite the unrest in the world, you can be filled with joy too, because you’re defined by the good news of what Jesus has done for you! In this chapter, you’ll consider the third candle in the Advent wreath, the candle of joy.
Advent helps us focus on the coming, the arrival, and the expectation of Jesus as Christmas comes ever closer. So how can the traditional Advent wreath help you focus on these themes? In this chapter, you’ll discover the fourth candle in the Advent wreath, the candle of peace.
During Advent, we consider what God promised, what He gave, and what He’ll give again in the second coming. Some might even think of Advent as an adventure! In this chapter, you’ll be reminded that Advent means looking forward to something wonderful.