5 Easy Ways to Celebrate the Advent

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Wikipedia says “Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth on earth at Christmas.”

Many churches formally celebrate the Advent season with centuries-old liturgical rituals. We here in our Southern Baptist church family do things a bit more low-key. You’ll hear Christmas sermons and programs. You’ll see decorations: the nativity scenes, the Chrismon trees with Christ-centered ornaments, the poinsettias and other arrangements.

However, outside of the church building, the Real Reason for the Season is drowned out by things that steal our attention. Things, that in the light of eternity, won’t be counted for Christ.

I decided to make a personal Advent list this year because I didn’t want to lose sight of Jesus in the midst of busyness. I want HIM to be centermost in my thoughts and attitude.

1) FOCUS ON THE WORD – Below is a list of Bible readings I am working through, each day, to remind me of Jesus and His purpose.

List of Daily Bible Readings for Advent

2) FOCUS ON THE MUSIC -  Try to listen to just carols this year, leave off Santa and Frosty. I have a Pandora station set up for “Christmas Carols” that I plan to use all through December.

3) FOCUS ON MONETARY GIVING – There are thousands of causes and organizations that ask for funds this time of year. Try looking within your local church, first of all, to pray through the ones to which God would want you to contribute. Al and I are giving to several of these mission needs. The amount of money given doesn’t have to be a monumental–it just needs to be an amount you and Lord agree on.

4) FOCUS ON SERVICE GIVING – Ah, here’s the counterpart to the one above! Not only should money be given, but physical service should be donated too! Our Ridgecrest Toy Drive is next week and through it we get to share Jesus, the Greatest Gift of All. It makes my year! So this year,  STEP OUT IN FAITH–believe and live out II Timothy 1:7! God will bless you for it!

5) FOCUS ON SYMBOLISM – Pick out one Christmas symbol and reflect on how it portrays Jesus, whenever you encounter it. Thank God for this reminder of Jesus. This year I’ve chosen the wreath. Here’s what I’ve pondered: A wreath is a circle, showing God AND Jesus are infinite. . . without beginning or end. . . He is the Great I AM. . . the Alpha and Omega. . . He is Evergreen and cannot die but lives FOREVER!  HALLELUJAH! Jesus Lives!

Will YOU join me and make your own Advent list? It might look very different from mine,  but try committing to see Christ in every aspect of Christmas this year!

Praying abundant blessings for all you and yours! May HE be glorified!

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