Advent: the coming of the Lord.
In other words, hope. Because of Christ’s coming – because of His birth – we have hope.
Without His coming, we would be stuck in our fallenness, trapped in our humanness, without the hope of grace, mercy, or future glory. I am deeply grateful for the advent of our Savior.
In my gratefulness, I think back on the history of the whole church. There is deep meaning in remembering.
Thousands of years ago, the Israelites were wandering the wilderness, in exile, waiting for the Lord. They were hoping and traveling and praying and failing in their humanness over and over again. In the deep places of their hearts, they were chanting “O come, O come, Emmanuel.” Men, women and babes. The broken, the wounded, the weary, and the sick.
They were longing for salvation.
I can understand this longing. I, too, have wandered, fallen, failed, and felt in the depths of my heart the need for a Savior. Maybe you have felt this too? Your need?
The Israelite people had been promised a Savior, an Emmanuel.
And so they were traveling and chanting a song in their souls, the chant of all humankind. “O come, O come, Emmanuel.”
I’ve been chanting this in the depths of my heart too. Over and over again, I want to chant so I don’t forget. I want to sing so I don’t despair.
Without a Savior, I am nothing. With the Savior, He has made me everything.
This advent season, I want to encourage you to remember.
I’ve created a unique way to celebrate advent this year. It doesn’t involve a calendar, little chocolates, or lighting candles. While I urge you to continue doing those things, may I suggest the addition of something more?
Quiet your heart and remember.
It’s not about the hustle and bustle anyway. If we make it about the hustle, we’ve missed the point. To remember the coming of the Lord – to celebrate His fullness and the gift of His person – we must be still and remember.
Remember the Israelites and their chant.
Remember God’s faithfulness to bring a Savior.
Remember the raw beginnings of the church.
Remember the persecution of the saints, the fall of the temple, the destruction of the church.
Remember your history, Christian.
Advent begins on November 27th this year, which means there are twenty-eight days in this advent season. Twenty-eight days of focusing your mind on the Savior. Twenty-eight days of remembering. Twenty-eight days of stillness.
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For the twenty-eight days of advent this year, I want to invite you to be still and remember your history as a child of God. In the midst of the busyness of Christmas planning, it will be a challenge.
But would you take the challenge anyway?
For twenty-eight days, you will focus on your history as a child of God. You will take time to remember your past – both your personal past and the Biblical history of the church.
I encourage you to sign up for an Advent celebration of stillness and remembering. If you do, you’ll receive an email once a week during the four-week Advent season with a short reading for each day, questions to ponder, and a song to help you quiet your heart.
Here’s the thing: this isn’t just about checking a box and completing a lesson for the day. Sure, you could choose to do that. But if you want to truly learn something this season – to truly prepare your heart for the coming of our Savior – you will have to quiet your heart daily, spend time with the Lord, and seek to remember Him.
The weekly emails will walk you through all of the steps. To begin, you just need to commit.
Sign up here & prepare your heart by opening the first email and reading the introduction.
And friend? Thanks for joining. It’s my heart that this challenge will bless you and your family as your prepare your heart – and home – for Christmas.