First Day of Advent

Advent is a season of preparation; expectant waiting to celebrate the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Wikipedia defines the term as an Anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”.

Sometimes, I wonder how we ‘ring in’ Advent as compared to Christmas with all the ‘busyness’ responding to commercial ads thrown at us on a daily basis. I recall how advent was celebrated in a culture where I grew up as a child and teenager so many, many years ago. I try to compare the celebration of Advent with our culture In the States.

We got ourselves prepared spiritually as a family. We turned to the Word. Without all the distractions of the American Holiday Extravaganza, we were able to focus a bit more on what Advent meant to us as Christians. Reading what the prophets foretold about the coming of the Messiah always paved the way for a deeper understanding about what it meant to ‘expect’.  We were reminded that as we waited we should look for His presence in our daily lives – not the future but right now because of the certainty of His return. I feel exceptionally blessed having had the privilege to have experienced and shared the Advent season with families and friends in so many. The tradition is universal.

Agatha Pratt

Welcome to Marble Women’s Ministry Advent Blog

The Marble Women’s Ministry Leadership Team and some wonderful guests will share their prayers, thoughts, favorite memories and gifts through a daily Advent blog.  The season of Advent is filled with a flurry of activities, so much so that we may lose sight of the real meaning of the season.  The team wants to renew the hope of the expectant birth of Christ. Come share our prayerful and creative journey to Christmas.

Marcie Doll and the Marble Women’s Ministry

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