The origin of Advent comes from the Latin term adventus. Advent is a season of the liturgical year observed in Christian denominations as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas and the return of Christ at the Second Coming. Over the years, advent has evolved into a four-week family celebration. Yet, the earliest observances of Advent consisted of 40 days of repentance, fasting and prayer leading up to baptism for new believers in Jesus.
May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope, Romans 15:13.
Christy Nockels adds a new twist to Advent with her song The Thrill of Hope. Unfortunately, the commercialism of Christmas has altered the spiritual celebration of Advent. The watering down of Advent has pushed prayer and fasting ahead to the New Year. Yet, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas should be spent making room in your heart and life for Jesus. May the lyrics of The Thrill of Hope prepare you for the season of Advent.
by Jay Mankus