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A Guide to the Advent Season

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Advent is nothing new, even though all the cool kids are talking about it now. Here’s a great in-depth summary of what Advent is. Advent comes from a latin word meaning “coming.” Advent covers the 4 Sundays (starting a few days back) leading up to Christmas, followed by a celebration feast for twelve days, ending in what is known as Epiphany.

Certainly Scripture does not force an observance of the Advent season, but for those who could use some extra structure and focus to their daily devotion and prayer time, this post will help steer you in some helpful directions.

Over the past few years I’ve set aside a larger amount of my day for Advent reading and reflection, wanting the Christmas season to feel different, but not different in a cultural way. I’ve long been somewhat of a “Scrooge” when it comes to Christmas and it’s season (more on that next week). I’m a church leader so most of the Christmas stuff is forced on me. Heightening my focus on Christ and His coming has allowed my Christmas season to be more about Jesus than anything else, and that’s always a win in my book.

My hope for all of us is that Advent could be a season of renewal, with increased longing for Jesus through new rhythms and purposeful simplifying. This might seem to be in contrast with how Christmas is celebrated culturally today, but I join with Advent Conspiracy wanting Advent to be a season where you worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all.

Here are some resources I would commend to you for this Advent season:

 What Advent resources would you recommend to others?

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