Ever since I was a young girl, I have heard people talk about the Christian’s Holiday. I heard them talk about Advent, Lent, and Easter. There are so many holidays that it is hard to keep up with the meanings. I thought this would be a great time to explore what exactly are these holidays? I will use the month of December to explore Advent, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
What is Advent?
Advent means, “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event”. I do not know how a thing can arrive, but that is a subject for another Blog post. For Christians, we are celebrating the arrival of our Messiah. The birth of Jesus was also a grand event. Now it happened in a barn full of animals, but everyone knew that God would send a savior to his people. This is why we celebrate Advent four Sundays before Christmas. Today is the first Sunday.
How do we celebrate?
The first Sunday is celebrated by hanging greenery and by reading certain verses. If you attended church or any other religious place today, there would have been a sermon about the coming of Jesus. You should also read certain verses. This Sunday’s verse is Mark 13: 24-31. We also have to get prepared and these verses in Mark help us to be prepared for the coming of our Lord. You can light a candle for each Sunday adding a new one each week. There are also prayers that you can use to celebrate his coming.
I am new to this event, but we all need to focus on Jesus. It is so much going on in America today that we need to make sure that we are ready. The most confusion point that I found with my research on Advent is that some say this is not for the second coming of Jesus, not the birth of Jesus. I do not know which coming Mark was speaking of, but I know that I am glad that he came and I hope to be ready when he comes again.