I was in my twenties before I heard then cherished the Christmas hymn O Come Emmanuel. For the first time I thought about the generations of saints who waited and longed for the promised Messiah.
Since then I celebrated Advent a handful of times before I made it the central part of my personal celebration several years ago.
Advent is an opportunity to refresh our perspective on God’s grand plan of redemption and remember His promises. The kept promises and the ones to be kept.
Jesus came. Emmanuel. God with us.
Just like the ancient people of God awaited the coming of the Messiah in flesh, we wait for the coming Messiah in glory. Advent is a yearly reminder of our waiting and prepares our hearts to celebrate Jesus, the One who came and is to come again.
One of the devotionals I will use this year is one I’ve used the past two seasons. Biola University’s Center for Christianity Culture and the Arts provides an excellent free resource. You can sign up for daily email devotionals here.
LifeWay also has a weekly reading plan for Advent 2018. Check it out here.
Please join me in celebrating this season of Advent. Let me know if you’re using one of the resources I mentioned or if you use another.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.