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Advent: a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas
It's December, my favorite time of year. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I start playing my two favorite Christmas albums: Amy Grant's Christmas Album and Amy Grant's Home for Christmas, and I play one of my favorite Christmas songs, MercyMe's version of "Silent Night," over and over. I love the lights, the tree, the cookies, the presents. Our town has a horse-drawn carriage parade that's beautiful. I love the time home with family and friends.I love our candlelight Christmas Eve service, our traditional spaghetti and meatballs dinner afterward. I love the tradition of new p.j.s and Christmas-themed picture books, opened on Christmas Eve. I love Christmas cards. I love our early Christmas mornings (even though I might complain about how early Katie always wakes all of us up) and breakfasts. I love that my birthday is the day after Christmas, so I never have the after-Christmas blues. I love hosting the New Year's Eve party every year. I love it all.
However, I can't help but wonder what it was like to be Mary and Joseph all those years ago. There certainly wasn't tinsel, Black Friday shopping, carols, and piles of presents under a tree. What were their conversations, dreams, worries? What did they whisper, pray about, and look forward to? What were their fears and hopes? What can we learn from their expectant waiting? They knew they were waiting for a gift from God. But did they REALLY know?
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6