I can’t believe I forgot, but today is the first Sunday of Advent. One of the reasons I started this blog was to enjoy the yearly reminders of what God has done – particularly Passover and the Resurrection, as well as the birth of Jesus.
Four Sundays before Christmas is known among many groups as the first Sunday of Advent, the coming of Immanuel, God with us. Tradition recommends that the next few weeks be spent in prayer and fasting, similar to Lent, before the huge feasts of Christmas Day through Epiphany.
Of course, now most of us fill these weeks with parties and shopping, not fasting and prayer. While I’ll definitely be participating in plenty of pre-Christmas festivities, perhaps we should all take some time to slow down and remember exactly why we’re celebrating.
Happy Advent and Merry Christmas!
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.”