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Do We Need Advent?

“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.”

Fred Rogers

It seems like everyone is ready for Christmas and if you look around you can see it. This is different…normally we hear complaints about Christmas decorations and Christmas music and all things Christmas holiday going out way too soon. No one wants to think about Christmas before Halloween. But not this year. We’re ready to skip everything and just get to Christmas. I think it’s because Christmas brings to mind all things wonderful, joyful, warm and caring.

Skipping right to Christmas leaves out Advent. Do we even need Advent? Haven’t we waited long enough? Advent means “coming” or “arriving” and yes, that means Jesus is coming. But let’s not skip right to his arrival. Let’s get ready and prepare. Let’s let the story build and hold our breath and keep our eyes open. Let’s consider how we will be different and how the world might be different when Christmas is finally here.

Daily Devo

We might be excited and want to be busy with preparations. We might be tired and need to rest. Either way is a right way to observe Advent. Let’s let the good news that the light is coming to shine in the darkness and that joy is on the way fill our hearts with hope.

I hope you’ll join us in reading this year’s Advent daily devotional. If you didn’t get one in the mail, please let me know at

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 10:00 am via the stream for worship. We will be together in the Spirit and it will be good.

Grace be with you,