November 29, 2020 was the first of four Sundays in Advent. Advent is a time of waiting and expecting. For me, Advent is a way of creating space. In the rush of the season, Advent focuses me on Christmas and allows me to better appreciate Christmas’ true meaning. At Christmas, I am reminded that God became man to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. This season sparks attitudes of gratefulness, awe, wonder, reverence, and worship to Jesus. Advent helps me to appreciate this season and Advent creates a longing in my heart and an expectation for the Second Advent, the coming of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
This year, Heidi and I are using David Mathis’ The Christmas We Didn’t Expect. It has a series of twenty-four short devotions. While we are not commanded by Scripture to observe Advent, I do so out of devotion to my Lord, not duty. I observe Advent every year as an opportunity, not an obligation, to worship the newborn King. Today is November 30. Tomorrow I will wake up and read chapter 1. Heidi will get up a little after me and also read chapter 1. We will spend time talking about the reading and then pray together. I look forward to these sweet days with my wife, and I look forward to deepening my love for Jesus.
Jesus came on a rescue mission to redeem me. My heart will be still this season, and I will enjoy the wonder and reverence of the manger. As I look back, I will also look forward in humble expectation at the coming of my King, the Second Advent. I will long a little more this season to know Christ better and enjoy Him a little more deeply. Until He comes again, may I be found faithful.
Merry Christmas. Be still… create space… enjoy Advent.