Reflect {or, Childlike Awe and Advent}

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There is a lot of conversation, both verbal and written, about Advent.

Advent, from the Latin, means "coming" . . . "waiting" . . . expectation.

And amidst all that I've known and heard, this weekend I'm reflecting on Christ's coming from the perspective of the first Christmas, His actual first Advent. This weekend we're involved in our church's annual live drama event, An Evening in Bethlehem, during which people walk through Bethlehem on the night of Christ's birth and experience the wonder of that first Christmas. There are so many young kids who come through the busy marketplace and Synagogue and hear the "rumors" about the baby born in a stable, and when they get to the weaver/dyer/tailor shop second to last before they reach the Inn and the manger, they feel our soft silks and nod excitedly when we ask, "Have you heard about the Baby? . . . Are you looking for the Baby?"

Their childlike awe reflects what a picture or a thousand words cannot about the meaning of Advent. They are looking for the Baby, eagerly anticipating Christ's coming.

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  1. Christ's first advent. Never thought about that before. I actually never knew about the season of advent, having grown up in a small Baptist church that didn't observe it. Christmas just came and went just like Santa.

    This thought gives me something deeper to consider. I don't think I ever really thought about the actual time of Christ's birth. How did Mary and Joseph deal with the time of waiting and all that came with it? How did society react while waiting?

    I love this thought.

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    1. Kristi, glad you stopped by. Thinking deeper right along with you and slowing to anticipate Christ's coming this year as before the first.

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  2. I'm stopping by from Five Minute Friday. I love that you're thinking from the historical perspective. It brings life and deeper meaning to familiar stories. I think those who believed at that time were even more spectacular in some ways, because it was all so small and obscure...just a baby, just a small family. But God had a great plan!!!

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    1. So true! His-story is His coming for us! Thank you for stopping by, Dorothy.

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  3. That's beautiful. Thank you.

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