Advent is a special season in the calendar that leads up to Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent means “coming” or “arrival” in Latin, and it is a time of waiting, preparation, and joy for Christians who believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Advent usually starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, which is the closest Sunday to November 30. It lasts until Christmas Eve, December 24.
During Advent, many people engage in various practices to prepare their hearts and minds for the coming of Christ. Some of these practices include prayer, fasting, repentance, charity, and attending special services. This year we have an advent Calendar that can be used by itself or along with a devotional.
Advent is a wonderful opportunity for Christians to celebrate the first coming of Christ as a baby, to experience his presence among us today through the Holy Spirit, and to look forward to his second coming at the end of the age. Advent reminds us that God loves us so much that he sent his Son to save us and to bring us into his kingdom.