Dec. Magical Moment #16: The Importance of Advent
I think the importance of advent is two-fold. First by looking at Christmas as a "season" rather than a day we enrich our lives. Advent allows us to focus on the journey toward Christmas and the wonderful gift of Christ. I still struggle combining the religious and secular aspects of the season but by lighting advent candles and using a devotional my chances of "feeling the spirit" of Christmas in my heart is increased. Advent allows us to relive the Christmas story as it unfolded. Second advent forces us to focus on gifts and giving in a differrent way. Nothing can compare to the gift that God bestowed upon the earth but what resonates with me is the "idea" of gifts being much more than packages and items that can be held in the hand. There are many gifts that we can bestow upon others that are true blessings like forgiveness, patience, humor, and caring. Advent lets us count our blessings in a new way. Proverbs says: " A faithful man will be richly blessed" and by focusing on the true love that Christmas represents we are all "richly blessed".
May you feel the wonderful spirit of Christmas each and every remaining day in the holiday season!!!