Tomorrow many of you will spend the day with family and friends, giving thanks for the table that is full to overflowing and for the loved ones that are gathered in your homes. You will take your places at the table and enjoy, what I hope is, lively conversation filled with your many blessings bestowed upon you throughout this past year. After filling yourself to the point of popping, you may head off to watch the football game and find that you have fallen asleep, only to be awakened when you hear the words, “It’s time for dessert!” Other than the hustle and bustle of preparing for and then preparing the meal, it tends to be such a slow paced day.
With Thanksgiving coming so late in November this year, it seems to be an almost natural transition into the season of Advent. This is a season marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. Do these words make you shudder as you think of all the things that need to be done between now and Christmas? The reality of it all is that this is what God is calling you and me to do during Advent.
In our church, as well as many churches around the world, we will have an Advent wreath in the Chapel and the Sanctuary as a visual reminder of this time of preparation. Each part of those wreathes helping us to remember, to remind us of the true meaning of Advent. So, what does it all mean? Join me on December 4th at 6:00 pm for dinner and after dinner you can make your very own Advent wreath to use at home. I’ll have everything here for you, including dinner; all you have to do is let me know you’re coming. Having a wreath at home will be a great visual reminder to take time to slow down as you sit together as a family, couple, or even a single and spend some time reading from a devotional book, which I’ll supply as well.
Family, this is an exciting time as we wait in hope and anticipation, longing for Christ’s appearance! If you’re feeling distant or disconnected, come back home we’re waiting here with open arms to welcome you back, we miss you. Let’s spend this time together as we wait and allow our hearts to be filled with hope, love, joy, and peace!