You see, Advent is the first four Sundays of the Christian year where we re-anticipate the arrival of God incarnate—God as fully human—in our world. Of course, we know that I am talking about Jesus. But, acknowledging that it is God who is coming somehow sheds a bit of a different light. You may have seen that billboard that says,
“Don’t make me come down there … signed, God!”
Advent is that time when we, together as the church, realize just how much we do need and, more importantly, how much we want God among us, intervening in our lives, in our relationships, and in our world. Advent is that time of the year when we get ourselves ready for and anticipate God’s arrival. Advent is the time when we prepare to receive and celebrate God incarnate—God among us—and all of what God’s intervention brings to us. And so, I am looking forward to our time together as we journey through Advent this year, and I hope you are as well. It is a great time to invite a family member, a dear friend, a neighbor, even an acquaintance you may only see once in a while, to join you in this Advent journey. It just may be one of the best gifts you give this year to offer real warmth for the coming snowy months.
Blessings upon you and those who dwell in your heart … Pastor Bob