A Montrose Church Advent Devotional by Pastor Rick
Advent Devotional 2018: On Waiting, Anticipating, and Looking Forward
”The glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” - Isaiah 60:1
Every year I am confronted with the fact that Christmas is really a one-day event, a birthday, the birthday of One we followers of Jesus believe to be the Messiah. Yet, before we get to that one day there is a period of examination, expectation, waiting, and even longing.
Do you remember when you were a kid and as your birthday approached the anticipation grew in you, the excitement level rose, and you wondered what gifts you might receive? The period of waiting and looking forward was almost more important than the event itself, although without the event there would be no anticipation, no looking forward.
Advent is that period of waiting and anticipating and looking forward to the birthday of Jesus. It is more than this, however. It is a time of reflecting upon the whole story of God. God acted in the past, is acting right now, and will act in the future. Advent draws us into the story of God and embraces us in what God has done, is doing, and will do in the future.
Many people go straight to Christmas without paying much attention to the journey of Advent. That's sad because Advent is about the whole story in which the One who is Immanuel makes Himself at home in the human situation, makes Himself at home in us.
The purpose of these Advent Devotionals is to slow us down a bit so that we will not rush to blow out the candles on the birthday cake but, rather, to help us draw near to God, seek His face, and let God's whole story fill our hearts and minds.