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2018-12-05 / Columns

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Advent
By William Wright

Advent season begins with the first Sunday of December. The definition of the word Advent is:

The first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.

This is the beginning of the Christmas season as we wait for the Christmas day, the birthday of our Savior Jesus Christ. This the most widely celebrated day of the Christian year in the entire world. So much has been attached to it such as Santa Claus, gift giving, decorating, parties etc.

Even as Christians we celebrate all the trappings of Christmas and even tend to forget the real importance of this Holiday. We tend to forget the real meaning of Christmas:

Luke 2:11-14: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12: And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

We once discussed in an adult Sunday school class, what life would be like if there was no Christmas. There were many interesting answers. No Santa Claus, no Christmas trees, no gifts, no holiday shows and movies and more. One pastor even noted that he would be jobless.

But we concluded that the number one answer was that there would be no Hope.

If there was no Christmas there would be no hope for anyone because there would be no Jesus Christ. For he needed to be born to give us Good Friday and Easter. And without these days there would be no hope of atonement for mankind. There would be no hope of eternal life with God.

1 Peter 1:3-6: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

So as we begin this season of hustle and bustle, this season of merriment and gift giving and all the celebrations of Christmas, let us keep in our hearts the real basis for this holiday.

Let us remember that we celebrate the birth of the founder of our faith. That he is real the reason for the joyousness of this season and He is the Hope for all of us to eternal life and joy.

As it was said by Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year!”

Rev. William Wright, Christ Church Episcopal, 41 Gardiner Place, Walton.

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