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What is Advent?

Billboards, Netflix, and the Target bargain aisle teach us Advent is about preparing for Christmas.

But, what is Advent?

1. Advent is a season of waiting.

For 400 years leading up to Jesus’ arrival, generations passed without a word from God through a prophet. The Israelites looked back at what God already revealed (as expressed in the writings of the Law and the Prophets)—and looked forward in expectation for the promised Messiah.

Just like the Israelites waited and longed for the redeemer to come, Advent is a season of looking forward to celebrating our redeemer’s first coming and waiting for our redeemer to return.

We search the scriptures for what God has revealed through the Old and New Testament writers—so we too can wait in expectation for our coming king.⁣

2. Advent is a season of reflection.

While we wait, we look back.

Advent is a season to remember all that God revealed in scripture about himself and his coming.

But it is also a time to look back on our lives—where we’ve traveled spiritually and otherwise.

Maybe even embracing the pain and the darkness that marks our longing for Jesus’ return.

Advent is a time to reflect so that we can embrace more fully our hope in Jesus Christ. ⁣

3. Advent is a season of preparation.

We also prepare our hearts for the joy to be received at the celebration of Christmastime by gifting ourselves the space to turn our focus inward and up.

Inward toward the honest inventory of our lives and the hope we have in Christ. Upward to the return of our redeemer who is coming again as unexpectedly as his first.

This year, I am choosing to press in instead of press on more than any other year.

What is one way you plan to embrace this season rather than rush through it?

About The Author

Seana Scott writes and speaks to equip women to know the Bible, walk closely with God, and live with purpose. She is working toward a degree from Dallas Theological Seminary while raising three kids with her husband in Pittsburgh. You can find her writing at SeanaScott.org and elsewhere.