Prepare Your Hearts for Christmas not Just Your Home
By: Love and Prayer
Christmas is coming. For many of us, this means family reunions, a Christmas tree, and a Christmas feast; however, we need to remember that Christmas is not all about food and gifts. It is also a time to celebrate all the goodness that God brings to our lives. It's a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and remember he gave his life to redeem us from sin. In Christianity, this celebration, also known as Advent, is the preparation for Christ's return.
Advent is a period of four Sundays, starting on the 4th Sunday before Christmas. While Advent may not be part of all the cultures or religions around the globe, there is something we can all learn from this tradition.
Advent means "Coming" in Latin. It means the waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus and the return of Christ. People celebrate in a variety of ways. Some may get together and light up candles on a pine Advent wreath. They read passages of the Bible that talk about Jesus' birth. Others may fast during Advent to help them be prepared for the celebration. Others, especially in some European countries, hang 24 boxes on a fir wreath; each box contains a little present for each day.
Regardless of how you celebrate Christmas, during the few weeks leading up to Christmas, try to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Set aside time to connect with God and reflect on ways to honor Him.
Of course, some delicious cookies and hot chocolate may not be out of the question; though some may choose to fast during this time, we all can benefit from spending time with God.
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. - 1 Timothy 1:15-17