Advent was a foreign principle to me until a few years ago. I jumped into the Christmas season as soon as the the clock struck midnight and signified that October was past and November had begun. It took many years for me to realize the significance of cultivating a longing for the birth of Christ.
Now, I realize the benefit of seeking to develop a season not of celebration, but of yearing for the coming of Christ. Of course, that’s not to say I don’t do my fair share of celebrating throughout the season but I try to savor the waiting and to spend the Twelve Days of Christmas celebrating the first arrival of Christ and anticipating the day He returns.
But this yearning doesn’t happen on its own.
Left to itself, the draws of endless stream of commercialism and celebration would take over my heart. I have to cultivate a desire to long for Christ by what I allow into my home and my mind.
The first year, I wasn’t quite sure where to begin. I ordered an Advent wreath for my table and fumbled through what I thought might be appropriate prayers as I lit the candles every night at dinner. It was a little awkward and very simple. But it was lovely.
It created a space for the season of longing to be beautiful. Dinner by candlelight not only added a wonderful ambiance to our evenings, but brought our minds to a quieter place to reflect and draw near to God.
It made me hungry for more and I began searching for ways to mark the Advent season as one of importance.
I have found a few things over the years that I have loved and each year, I fall more in love with some of the ways God has moved the hearts of others to signify the season.
That’s why I wrote His Name Shall Be Called. I wanted to create a resource to help you stop and center your heart around longing for Jesus and all that He is this Advent season.
Here are a few other books and resources to help create a beautiful Advent season in your home.
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I hope these resources bless you this Advent season.
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