Season of Advent
The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians.
During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.
The Christmas season begins at sundown on December 24 (Christmas Eve) through Epiphany of the Lord (January 6). This period is popularly referred to as “the twelve days of Christmas.”
Video link: A Prayer for Advent Season
Advent devotion – Make Room for Christmas
Note: This is a series of Advent devotions.
When United Methodists celebrate Las Posadas we remember that loving Jesus includes loving, serving and welcoming our neighbors. First in a series – Read more Make Room for Others
As we prepare our holiday wish lists, we are reminded to focus not on what we lack, but instead on all Jesus provides in abundance. Second in a series – Read more Make Room for Hope:
Christmas is a busy time. We need to intentionally carve out time for wonder and awe during the season and the rest of the year. Third in a series – Read more Make Room for Peace:
When learning to pack less for holiday travel, we are reminded to let go of negativity. That frees us to receive Christmas joy. Fourth in series – Read more Make room for Joy:
Preparing for Christmas, we make room in our homes for decorations. We should also prepare our hearts and lives. Fifth in series – Read more Make Room for Love: