What is Christmas really about? What is this Advent season? Is it about shopping and cookies and toys? Our world sure seems to think so.
Our church pastor has been preaching about Advent the past few weeks, using biblical text and also some inspirational phrases from the Advent Conspiracy site. Here are some words from that site to get us thinking.
The story of Christ's birth is a story of promise, hope, and a revolutionary love.
So, what happened? What was once a time to celebrate the birth of a savior has somehow turned into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists.
And when it's all over, many of us are left with presents to return, looming debt that will take months to pay off, and this empty feeling of missed purpose. Is this what we really want out of Christmas?
What if Christmas became a world-changing event again?
Advent is about the coming of Jesus. Immanuel. God with us.
How can we act in ways that show the world the power of the Prince of Peace?