I didn’t grow up with the tradition of Advent and quite honestly just brushed it off as a tradition I simply didn’t know much about. The only exposure I had to the word or idea at all was a chocolate Advent calendar I received each year on the first day of December. Each day I would be so excited to open the little numbered door to reveal a chocolate treat hidden inside. As a mom, I kept of the tradition of the yearly Advent calendar with my kids and loved how it became a fun way to fill the holiday season with anticipation and excitement.
This year I decided to do a little research into the meaning and significance of this tradition. What I found was a beautiful and ancient ritual spanning back to just a few centuries after Christ’s death. Although the specific traditions vary, Christians have been honoring the anticipation of the coming Christ through prayer, fasting, scripture reading and candle lighting for generations.
Whatever your background or beliefs, I’m sure we can agree that Advent has one common focus; to refocus our attention and realign our lives with the person of Jesus.
I decided to film a short devotional series about the things that were stirring in my heart in response to the Advent season. You can watch the brief intro video to the series here.
While Advent is a time to remember and reflect, it’s also a time of looking forward with hope and anticipation. We remember the significance of the baby Jesus who was born in the flesh. in a little town called Bethlehem, and we look forward with great anticipation to his return one day for his church. But the greatest revelation of all is that Jesus is alive and being revealed in a deeper way in our hearts every day. This is the Everyday Advent.
God is constantly revealing himself in and through his people. He is active and working in our lives at all times. There is something fresh for us to receive daily from His presence. This is the essence of faith… that we have something real and practical to hold on to and actually live out.
If you are interested in walking through the Everyday Advent videos and devotional you can get started here.
Over the course of the series we focus on hope, faith, joy and peace and how these incredible hallmark characteristics of faith are revealed and expressed in our daily lives.
My hope for you is that you will discover how to live in the constant awareness that God is actively at work in our personal lives, and how we can learn to live in expectant hope for God’s promises to be manifest in every area of our lives.
This series is also available on Right Now Media for sharing in a group or individual use.
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.