The refrigerator has been cleaned out of leftovers that have been pulled in and out of the fridge and microwaved 4 or 5 times over the past 4 days. All that was salvaged has been made into soup.
Yesterday I gathered everything that is brown, yellow, gold or orange that decorated my home for the Fall season and packed it away for another year.
It is time for my favorite color to take a step up!
To PREEN! To GLOAT! To SWELL!
Advent has arrived.
Advent is the official beginning of the “Church Year” for most churches in the Western tradition and officially began yesterday, November 30th.
It is a beautiful season of color and special celebration that will take center stage in the lives of those who understand it’s meaning across the entire World from now until Christmas Day.
The fact that many who participate are unaware of the true reason for the season, does not weaken it’s Majesty.
Although the retail world tends to favor Red, Green, Silver and Gold, most churches have at least a bit of PURPLE!
I especially love the traditional colors of Advent.
My favorite color is purple and it is, in fact, the first color you see when you enter my home.
As a young Mom, I used the holiday colors of red and green. Over the past few years I have passed all of those goodies over to my young nieces and daughters in law and have chosen to glamorize the everyday colors that I love and already have in my home, for the celebration of the newly born Messiah!
Purple is the color of penitence: the realization of our sinfulness, and repentance: the resolve to change.
Purple is also the color of royalty and decorates the World as a stage to welcome the Advent of the King.
Purple as a color of Advent is also used during Lent and Holy Week and reveals the connection between Jesus’ birth and His death.
The nativity cannot be separated from the crucifixion.
The purpose of Jesus’ coming into the world, of the “Word made flesh” and dwelling among us, is to reveal God and His grace to the world through Jesus’ life and teaching, but also through his suffering, death, and resurrection.
To honor this truth, Advent was originally a time of repentance and fasting, much as the Season of Lent and so shared the color of Lent.
The Advent season remains marked by a spirit of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and of a particular longing for things to be made right with the World. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of our culture, from a sense of being incomplete or inadequate for the challenges of life.
It is the cry of those who have experienced injustice, pain, loss and trouble in a world under the curse of sin.
It is the celebration of those of us who have experienced deliverance.
God has heard our cry for redemption, restoration and salvation!
Advent announces anticipation of a King who rules with truth, justice and righteousness over His people and in His creation. It is that hope for the coming reign of the Anointed One, the Messiah, who will bring peace, justice and HIS glory to the world, once and for all.
Advent is a season of Celebrating the Arrival of Christ the King.
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