Advent is the four weeks before Christmas that help us to prepare for the memory of the incarnation. Each Sunday we will light candles on the Advent Wreath to remind us that Jesus, the light of the world “is come”.
I’m a bit of a purist about Advent. I think we really need this time to remember how much we need Jesus. As the days seem so dark, we are shown the blaze of light that even just one candle can bring. I like Advent hymns. O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Light One Candle. People Look East. But, possibly the favorite Advent hymn is: Joy to the World. Did you know that it is an Advent (not Christmas) hymn? The first line always gets me. “Joy to the World, the Lord is come.” It is not “Joy to the World, the Lord “has” come.” This is not an event for the past, but for here and now. Jesus “IS” come. He is active, now, alive and doing things constantly.
We remember his first coming to celebrate the many ways that he comes every day. Sometimes it is quiet and lovely like a star-filled night. Sometimes it is clanging symbols and ringing bells!
This Advent season, look around. Jesus is come.
Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas!