A Season of Contemplation and Waiting in Expectation.
One would think that a season of Advent would be the logical consequence of a time of Thanksgiving. However, most people are caught up with the end of the year rush.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all sorts of pre-Christmas Holiday sales draw people in droves to save. But what are we saving really? A few dollars does nothing for our peace of mind.
Commercialism has been no help in drawing people into a time of quiet contemplation and expectant anticipation of the coming Christmas time.
I am not speaking of the gift-giving, family gathering, tree decorating, carol singing, stocking stuffing, deal snagging, card sending, house-light hanging time of year.
These are festive, memorable things, but more often than not, they can leave us feeling empty and drained from all the stress and strain of the ‘holiday cheer’ expectation.
What am I getting at? I am speaking about Advent. A special time set aside to consider what God has done in this season and not what we are going to get out of it.
Advent is celebrated in some churches as a period of four Sundays and weeks leading up to Christmas in anticipation of the ‘coming’ of Jesus into the world. Advent in Latin ‘adventus’ means coming.
A time of contemplation
It is a time of contemplation of what God has done for us by sending his only Son as a tiny, helpless baby born of mean circumstance. The King of Kings born in a manger!
And while we may know the story of this little child who grew into the man Jesus, we also know of the miracles he performed and the people he healed. He made the lame to walk and gave the blind their sight. For this, he was crucified. He, who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God.
On the third day Jesus rose from the dead and after he showed himself to the disciples, he ascended to heaven to be with the Father. But not without a commission to his followers and a promise.
There is another Advent we as believers should take the time to contemplate in this season. Our Lord is Coming again!
FREE MUSICAL ADVENT CALENDAR
Preparing during Advent
One way I enjoy preparing during this season is by having an Advent calendar with a daily Bible verse that draws me into God’s story. And you know what? I want to share it with you too.
With the help from a super website- myadvent.net, I have prepared this free calendar just for you. Out of all the photos I’ve taken, I have chosen 24 to act as a stage for the selected verses from the Bible. You’ll be reading the nativity account from Matthew and Luke as well as other select verses.
In addition, to underscore the Word of God, I have chosen a special piece of music for each day using a video linked from You-Tube. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed choosing them for you.
You can gain access to ‘A Musical Advent 2016’ calendar by clicking the button below. It is free, a gift from me to you. Most of all, I wish you a beautiful and contemplative Advent and a very Merry Christmas.
Sandra Lynn Kern
Copyright of the photographs © Sandra Lynn Kern, www.sand2seed.com
Bible Verses are from the New International Version
Music videos are shared via YouTube sharing link