Happy Wednesday. And welcome to Blogmas day 2. Its podcast day friends!
Its Advent season. Most people know all about the idea of advent when it comes to the fun little pop open calendars with chocolate or toys hidden inside. Searching for the day and opening it up to see what is in there as the countdown to Christmas eve marches on. When I was growing up there were 7 kids in my house so while it was fun to see what was behind the little door it was even more fun when it was actually my turn to open it up and get the surprise.
But the truth is, Advent is really so much more than just those cute little calendars. This is supposed to be a season where we all turn our hearts and minds to the focus of the coming Christ. The celebration of the birth of the one who would be born to die for the sins of the world. And to be a reminder that Jesus is still alive and active and will be coming again.
This week on the podcast Dusty and I sat down with my brother, Malachi, to have a fun conversation about the Advent season in the context of the church. Malachi, who is arguably the most knowledgeable out of all of us in my family when it comes to the traditions surrounding the Advent season, shares his perspective of why it is important for us to take the time out to really focus on the meaning behind the various parts of the advent.
He shares with us the purpose for the advent wreaths and the candles, why they are beneficial to use in the church, especially in a replant situation where there may not be a lot of tradition around this time of year, and how we can encourage our members to continue the conversations at home with our families. We had a great time and I hope that this weeks episode give you all something to think about.
So grab a cup of coffee, a mug of hot cocoa, or (like Dusty) your favorite glass of rootbeer and join us for a conversation about the advent season.