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The Real Meaning of Advent

The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God.

The Spirit of Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing and of hope. It is this hope, however faint at times, that God, however distant, sometimes seems, to brings to the world the anticipation of a King who will rule with truth, justice, and righteousness over His people and in His creation. It is that hope, once anticipated, and now anticipates anew, that the reign of an Anointed One, a Messiah, will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world.

The Advent Wreath is a circular evergreen wreath with five candles, four around the wreath and one in the center. The circle shape of the wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and his endless mercy, no beginning or end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, an eternal life. Candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son. The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent. They also symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.

Philippians 4:4,5:
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near."
Almighty God of Love, Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us. He is a sign of your love. Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent, As we wait and prepare for His coming. Lord, help us recommit ourselves to praying daily, reading Scripture, and staying faithful to Godís commandments. May we show love, kindness and forgiveness to others and be a blessing to the less fortunate. We pray in the name of Jesus, Your Son, our Savior.    Amen


Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Men


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