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Friday, December 13, 2013

Advent

ADVENT.  Does your church celebrate this tradition? For the last few years I've been associated with churches that did - kind of. I'm sure that in some churches such as Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist and others make more of it than our church does. Until recent years I really knew nothing about it. I grew up in a very fundamentalist church that didn't even make a big deal of Christmas, believing that we should celebrate Christ's death, burial and resurrection but not His birth. So, it was many years before I even heard about the Advent tradition. Now I think it is a good thing. Anything that brings us closer to Jesus is good.

Since I really didn't know a lot about Advent, I decided to look it up on the internet. Here is a link that explains it quite well. http://christianity.about.com/od/christmas/tp/allaboutadvent.htm 
If you are like me and don't know too much about it, but would like to know more, you might want to go there and check it out. 

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9 comments:

  1. Blessings to you this Advent season, Charlotte! Interesting your description of your experience with Advent - and Christmas in general. So much is missed when we don't allow for the tangible expression of wonder and contemplation that I believe the Christmas season brings - in addition to a public heightened awareness of Christ allowing opportunities to share the Gospel and give Him Glory in the marketplace! I'm reading Ann Voskamp's "The Greatest Gift" which is a December daily devotional about Advent - beginning with Genesis and tracing the lineage of Jesus to His birth in Bethlehem. It is an amazing work! Just beautiful!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  2. Charlotte, I am doing an online Advent Bible study this year through Good Morning Girls, and it has been such a blessing. I am new to the Advent tradition as well, but I am really enjoying it. :)

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  3. I didn't grow up observing Advent in church, but we do now. I love the symbolism and intentional focus on waiting and anticipation. For over a decade now, my celebration of Advent has added a beautiful new dimension to our Christmas celebration.

    May yours, too, be a blessed celebration, Charlotte. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. For the first year ever I didn't put up a Christmas tree! I really got upset when our local Walmart, Lowes, and Home Depot did not have any outdoor Nativity sets on display and informed me they weren't getting any. My husband and I wanted one for his business, and had to go on-line to find them. Because of my disallusionment of the way Christmas is often being celebrated, I probably need to observe Advent!

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  5. I grew up Catholic - Advent and Lent so encouraged meditating and soul preparation. I miss it. We go to a church now that doesn't do Christmas songs - and I think my boys miss out on a lot of scripture and history because they don't. Thank you for always being such a grace-filled hostess!

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  6. I love your post about advent. I too was raised in a church where we didn't "do" advent. For the last few years I have been attending a church with the liturgy and where advent is a part of the worship. It truly takes the commercialism out of it for me.
    Thank you for hosting us, Gayle

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  7. Hello everyone! This is my first time sharing a link to my {very new, pretty bare} blog.

    I also grew up in a church that didn't talk about Advent, and I am still pretty unfamiliar with the meaning behind it. All I know about Advent, I've pretty much learned on social media... seeing tons of photos of "Advent calendars", but no explanations as to what they were.

    I'm going to go check out that link you posted!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  8. Thank you for sharing this, Charlotte. I love celebrating all the good of our Lord and His Son.

    Sending love from me to you and all.♥

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  9. Charlotte, it wasn't until I got into the Nazarene Church that I ever really observed the Advent season. My hubby grew up Methodist and I'm pretty sure they observed it too. It hasn't been until the last several years that I really thought much about the meaning behind it. It is a beautiful preparation of the heart for the celebration of Messiah's birth. It's funny how we are never too old to learn! Thank you for hosting :)

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Thank you for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.
Blessings,
Charlotte