I’ve always loved the season of Advent. It feels so joyful and it leads up to many people’s favorite holiday of all, Christmas! Every year I have the best intentions to “do” Advent. Every year I plan in my head how I’m going to spend a little time reflecting on the readings of the day or say a little prayer as I light the candles on an Advent wreath. And every year, I realize that it is already December 23rd and I’ve let another Advent slip away from me without doing anything special to prepare for Christmas. Then by December 25th I feel a little more exhausted and stressed than I should be and wouldn’t be had I taken the time to really do Advent right.
“If you’re sick of Christmas by December 25, you haven’t done Advent correctly.” -The Editors at Busted Halo
Advent is all about waiting, but not the kind of eye-rolling, foot tapping waiting we do when the grocery store has only one lane open on its busiest day. It’s more of the butterflies in our stomach, I can’t sit still, I’m so excited I need a hug kind of waiting.
What are we waiting for? What are we preparing for?
Advent is a two-fold waiting and preparing for Jesus’ birth and for Jesus’ return in the future. Advent is also a good time to recall that while we are waiting for our Savior’s birth and preparing for his return to earth someday, we don’t have to wait to have him in our daily lives. He is here with us always.
Try an Advent wreath, Advent calendar, or Advent chain.
This year I’m doing Advent and I invite you to join me!
Let’s pray that we do Advent right this year!
Busy People Advent Prayer:
Lord, the trees are bare, the ground is cold, it gets dark so early, and oh the snow! I’m not feeling very joyful, Lord. Please help me find warmth, light, and joy in the season of Advent.
Lord, we are so busy; there is so much to do and so much to check off our list. In this season of Advent, please help us prioritize you at the top of that list.
Lord, there was no room for Jesus at the Inn in Bethlehem. Please calm our minds and help us clear a prominent spot for you in our hearts.
Lord, in this season of Advent, help us wait with expectant joy for your birth and peacefully prepare for your second coming.
Lord, in the midst of all the waiting for you, help us remember that you are with us now too.
Please warm us with your light, renew us with your joy, and give us the strength to make this season of Advent a meaningful one, so that we will be prepared for the wonder of Christmas.