The season of Advent is a season of waiting designed to cultivate our awareness of God’s actions – past, present, and future. In Advent we hear the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming as addressed to the people of Israel and the rest of the earth. As we live in a very similar circumstance, our hearts are meant to empathize and even find comfort in their waiting for Christ’s second coming and the consummation of His Kingdom. In Advent we heighten our anticipation for the ultimate fulfillment of all Old Testament promises, when the wolf will lie down with the lamb and death will be swallowed up, and every tear will be wiped away. In this way Advent highlights for us the larger story of God’s redemptive plan.
Advent is a season filled with traditions. So many of these have little to do with the purposes I’ve presented above. In an effort to help equip you with resources to lead your family in a true celebration of this season, our staff has compiled a list of activities and readings.
Blow the trumpet in Zion
Sound the alarm on my holy hill
Let all who live in the land tremble
For the day of the Lord is coming
It is close at hand
Come, let us worship our Judge and our Redeemer!