Celebrate verb. – to do something special or enjoyable for an important event.
December is my favorite month of the year. Each December when I wake up on the first a new excitement stirs in me. Maybe it’s because it’s my birth month, maybe because I love celebrating birthdays and so many of my friends were also born in this month, or maybe it’s because I love anticipation.
When I was a kid, I lived for countdowns. As I’ve grown, I’ve still looked forward to events, but I’ve gotten better at being present in the moment and not letting countdowns get in the way of that.
This is the season of Advent, the season of the coming, the season of arrival. My family always did advent together, but the past few years it has meant so much more to me than just lighting candles. Advent stirs in me the anticipation of the coming of the King. It gets me excited for celebrating the birth of my Savior like nothing else will. I hate watching important days and events pass without the proper excitement.
With Advent, we spend time looking at the past so we can properly understand the importance of the birth and final coming of our King. Advent is so much more than just about Christ’s birth, but it is about his sacrifice and ultimately, His death for our sins. All of the Old Testament could be seen as the awaiting of the coming, and there are so many shadows of the True and Better Example.
I’m reading the She Reads Truth version (available online and can be sent to your email each morning) of Advent this year, but I also highly recommend either one of the Desiring God versions (which are available as free downloads! The Dawning of Indestructible Joy and Good News of Great Joy).
Come and worship Christ the new born King!
Let’s enter into the anticipation and celebration, remembering our need, repenting of our sin, and rejoicing in the “already” of Jesus’ birth and the “not yet” of all it means for eternity.