The Word Advent Is Latin for A Coming or Arrival
Our restoration of America is clearly taking place within this present Great Awakening. Washington and America’s other founders would see, as in their time, the hand of Providence actively at work here. So it is right that we observe Advent anew. Those churched Christians will understand. For Jews, the unchurched and those wondering, “what is behind the amazing changes they are experiencing,” here is a short primer on Advent clipped from spirithome.com. Go there for the rest.
The idea behind it is that God came to earthly life and lived among us, which is news to stop the presses for. It’s something to celebrate, rejoice, because just by being in it, God was giving the supreme blessing to the created world. But this birth led to an execution of this same God, by us on behalf of us, and then the greatest news that death will not end it all. So it’s not something you just go rushing into. We need to take stock of what that baby Jesus was here for. . .
Advent is a season of preparation. . . In Advent, we thank God for Christ’s first coming, . . and celebrate Christ’s presence among us today through the Spirit. God loved us and wanted to share that love . . . to rescue the created world from this evil, God chose to come here and walk the earth, to grow up, to live the truth, and to die. The only way to start such a thing is as a baby, and the only way to be a baby is to be born. Hence Christmas. Because Christmas is centered in the new hope brought by a baby, it’s a very child-oriented holiday. Because Advent leads us up to that baby, Advent is also child-oriented.
This video is a breathtaking example of our present Great Awakening. It was recorded in the food court of a New York mall; sprung on unsuspecting shoppers. While this will bring tears of joy for some, it will bless and inspire everyone. Watch it!
Get out those old Christmas carols and sing!