“It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
Do you recognize this Christmas carol? It is one of my favorites. This carol reminds us of all of the good that comes during this Christmas season.
I bet you can list some of your favorite Christmas traditions:
-Picking out a Christmas Tree
-Decorating your house
-Baking Christmas cookies
-Sharing gifts with friends and family
There is much to celebrate. Yet I recognize that it is not only excitement that builds this time of year. Our stress has a way of growing as well. There are additional things to pay for, extra cards to address, more events to plan, more meals to prepare, more unexpected house guests stopping in…
In the midst of the excitement and the stress, it is so important to remember why we celebrate Christmas.
This Sunday is the first Sunday in the season of Advent.
Advent means arrival or coming.
This season we prepare for the arrival of Christ.
Gifts and cookies and trees are all a wonderful way to celebrate. (In fact, we are celebrating with cookies and chili this Sunday at noon in the Fellowship Hall!) But let us put Christ at the very center of all of our celebrations.
The days of Advent are holy days. They are days to remember what is truly important in life. Family. Faith. And the fact that God loved us enough to send Jesus into the world. A baby in a manger over two thousand years ago.
I invite you to join us during this season of Advent at Unity. Each Sunday we will sing carols and study the Scriptures in order to put Christ at the very center of the season.
“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.”
See you on Sunday, the first Sunday in Advent!