The season of Advent is an opportunity for us to resist busyness and simply wait. Not wait in boredom, but in expectation. Advent is a season centered on the story of a woman expecting, filling us with expectation. A new life that would give light and life to all of us.
Yet, in our waiting, our expectations are weighed down with the reality of the world that we live in. Everything is not always wonderful. Everything is not always whole. And so, our expectations and our longings are pointed toward the one who is bringing new life to us, making us whole again.
We find hope that new life will come by reaching back to reach forward. Israel reached back to the stories of God’s faithfulness and rescue then reached forward in hope of the coming Messiah. We reach back to the story of the Messiah to reach forward in hope of His kingdom shining in our broken world.
The invitation of advent is not to block out the pain and grief of our world, but to wrap our arms around as much of the pain, grief, and darkness as we can. We remember the story of the girl who bore in herself the light of the world. A child who would carry the weight of the brokenness of our lives and our world with the goal of restoration and renewal.
This is a season to push into the story of the real and radical God who chose to be born to a teen mom. Like her, we wait for God’s redemptive work to be birthed in those who are hungry and long for God to fill them with good things.
We wait… in hope…
Join us for our weekly celebartions at The Beacon on Sundays at 10:30am and on Christmas Eve (Dec 24) at 5pm.
DAILY DEVOTIONAL: As we head into December and into the season of Advent, it’s easy to be swept away with all the plans of Christmas, family times, food, and gifts. But this season also is full of emotions, pain, and loss for many of us. Let’s carry our intentional thought into this season as well. Let’s invite the Holy Spirit to breathe His insight, healing, and joyful anticipation into our hearts. Join us as we dive into the scriptures each day. Below you will find digital (PDF) devotionals for both Adults and Students! Adults can subscribe to receive it daily via email. Additionally, physical booklets are available at our Sunday Morning Celebration near the information table.
ADVENT MUSIC PLAYLIST: This playlist is a collection of the songs we have selected to sing this Advent Season during our celebration times.