Advent is the time of year when we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. But it has also become a time of year for social get togethers with friends from church, work, and family.
For those of us with young adults in college, as for my daughter, it is the end of a semester and a time for spending some time at home while getting a break from busy school work.
For many of us it is a time to travel from one part of the country to another and reconnect with family that we only see on occasion.
Advent and Christmas are also busy times with special times of worship and devotion as we contemplate the birth of Christ, the incarnation of God into human form. This time of year is also a time to reflect on the past year, its joys, its triumphs, and yes its sorrows.
Advent celebrates God coming into this world. God breaks into our lives through Jesus Christ, and God comes to be with us. God is with us in our family times, our special times of worship, our beginning times, and our ending times.
The Angel told the virgin Mary that she would bear a son and that his name would be called Emmanuel, God with us. That is the Advent message. No matter if Advent is joyful or sorrowful, slow or busy, full or empty, easy or difficult, we are reminding in this season that it is God’s intention to be with us through it all!
O Come, O Come Emmanuel!