Advent:On Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love! (GP Simple Moments Stick)

100_2121I’m so excited that Tiffany let me take over her blog today.  She is such an amazing woman and I love The Dwelling Tree.  My name is Susannah and I blog over at Simple Moments Stick.  I live with my handsome hubby in Portland, Oregon. Nate and I have been married about two and a half years but I definitely still give us newlywed status. Maybe we’ll always be newlyweds… Currently Nate’s attending seminary here in Portland studying to be a pastor. Yep, I’m a future pastor’s wife and I love it! Simple Moments Stick is a place where I share all aspects of my life. One day  I might talk about my family (I have ELEVEN brothers and sisters!), another day I might talk about my faith, and a third day I might flaunt how awesome my husband is. (Although, he thinks that should be ALL I blog about). My heart behind my blog is to connect with other women around the country (and world!) to love on and encourage one another. After reading this post, come on over and visit! Make sure you leave a comment when you do so I know you stopped by and I’d LOVE to become your friend!!!


Advent

That word brings up many different feelings.  To some of you, it brings back memories of attending church as a child – seeing families light the candles at the front of the church and just wishing you could be a child lucky enough to get to light a candle.  For others of you, it reminds you of the daily calendars you would get every December first and the joy you got opening up a piece of chocolate and delighting in the fact that there was one less day until Christmas morning.

I’d love to give you all a little different perspective of the advent season.  The more I’ve learned about it, the more I’ve grown to understand that advent is so much more than just looking forward to Christmas day and remembering the birth of Christ.

Advent: The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important

For those of you who may not know, in the Christian tradition, the four Sundays leading up to Christmas are significant.  Each of those Sundays represents something we are to remember, a way of celebrating the arrival (or advent) of the birth of Christ.  Each Sunday a candle is lit and that candle is supposed to ignite in us a greater passion for the season.  There are a few disagreements as to what each candle represents but, as far as I can tell, the most common meanings for the candles are – Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love.  On Christmas Eve the last candle – the Christ Candle – is lit.

Let’s go back just over 2,000 years ago.  In that time, the Israelites were waiting for their Messiah.  They were anxiously awaiting the advent of their Savior who would free them from the bondage of the Roman empire.  They were not expecting a baby, born of a young woman and (apparently) a carpenter.  Some of them came to realize through Jesus’ ministry that He was the Messiah and Savior but many did not.

Fast forward back to today.  As we celebrate advent we are drawn back to the feelings of the Israelites 2,000 year but we’re also looking forward to another advent.  Jesus is coming back!!!!  Each candle we light should be a reminder that our Savior is returning – not as a baby this time – but as the King!  What an incredible blessing!

If you’d like to walk through this advent season with me, I’m doing Sunday posts this advent season – discussing the meaning behind each of the candles – both the past and present anticipations of advent.  December 1st was the first Sunday of advent so I’d love for you to read about the candle of Hope.

I really hope you each have an amazing Christmas season!!!  <3

Susannah

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