Today marks the beginning of the new church liturgical year, the season of Advent. It is always a beautiful season as the church prepares to welcome our King and Messiah in the Christ child at Christmas. Christmas trees, wreaths, and candles start going up in churches and homes alike.
The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit.” During this season we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ not only at Christmas, but at the second coming as well. It is a season of preparation and expectant waiting.
Around our home, my wife, Candace, and I are fully in the season of Advent, both liturgically and personally. We are just over a week from our baby’s due date. We are preparing our home and our lives for the birth of our first son. My wife and I are very excited, yet there is also a sense of nervous excitement in the air. We have never done this before. It is all new to us.
It is truly a season of expectant waiting. I can’t help but wonder if this is what Mary and Joseph felt as well. Not in the sense of preparing their home, but in the sense of wondering when the day will come, full of nervous excitement, being full of hope as they waited. We wonder: When will baby arrive? What will the next day or next week look like? Everything feels like it’s up in the air at this point. All the meetings I have scheduled, visits, even my worship participation is subject to change.
I am curious about how Mary and Joseph prepared for the birth of Christ. Were they anxious? Excited? Fearful? Today I’m thinking about the words of Mary’s son, “Do not worry about tomorrow.”
No matter what this season of Advent brings, let’s wait and anticipate in great hope that the Son to be born in this season and the Messiah we wait for will bring good news of great joy for all the people.
In the midst of a violent and war torn world; we await your coming, O Christ. As we make plans to celebrate and purchase gifts; we await your coming, O Christ. Whatever we bring into this season of Advent, the challenges and joys, the things known and unknown; we await your coming, O Christ.
As we wait and prepare for Christ Jesus our Lord, let us do so with great hope that Mary’s son will continue to bring the good news of love, joy, peace, and hope in this season.