We decided this year to celebrate the Advent — the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Simply put, Advent means coming, and it is the time that the church anticipates the season of Christ’s birth by anxiously awaiting the light to break into a dark world. It is a time to remember that we are situated between two comings — the Incarnation and the Second Coming — and to reflect on how desperately the world needs Christ.
I made a simple wreath with clippings from our tree and added candles we had around the house. We focused on hope this week, and we read from Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, I Thessalonians 3:9-13, and Luke 21:25-36. Jane Anne read the Psalm and from Luke and Molly prayed, thanking God for baby Jesus. On the first Sunday of Advent, the youngest child lights one candle, so Molly was very excited to do that.
As our family strives for more simplicity (we’re not good at it yet), we hope that stopping to focus on Christ’s coming will remind us of our true calling.