Today, November 30, marks the first day of the 2014 Advent season.
Advent is the first season of the Christian church year. The four Sundays (and the days in-between) preceding Christmas are set aside as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the official celebration of the incarnation of our Lord on December 25th.
Many churches and households will mark the time with an Advent wreath made of four or five candles, each with historical and theological significance.
The first Sunday of Advent remembers the hopeful expectation of the Old Testament believers. As members of the Christian church living in 2014, we have never had to experience a world without the incarnate Christ, the gift of grace witnessed through his death and resurrection, and the forgiveness of sins because of the cross. The believers in the Old Testament longed for the messiah in a way that we would be well served to grab ahold of and reflect upon or run the risk of taking God’s greatest gift, Jesus, for granted.
Enjoy this amazing version of Mary Did You Know? as you reflect upon the hope of Christ today.
Take nothing for granted. Today is a gift. Tomorrow is a gift. Thanks be to God.
Dr. Chris Brewer
Vice President, The Kaleo Institute