JoHannah Reardon writes of being a little girl not raised attending church. “Therefore Christmas was a family time, but not a time to consider what it meant that Christ was born in Bethlehem. As a teenager, I remember going to a friend’s house during Advent. After dinner, the father of the family read a passage from Luke 1 and lit another candle on their Advent wreath. This had such a profound impact on me that I wanted to weep. I think his own children were rather bored, since they’d heard it countless times before, but I thought it was wonderful. I vowed that when I had a family, we would have a similar tradition, and it was always my favorite part of Christmas when my children were young and at home.”
We have four weeks beginning this Sunday, Dec. 3, to consider what it means that Christ was born in Bethlehem. It is called Advent from Latin roots meaning “coming”. God became fully human while retaining 100% of His divinity when Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem.
Traditionally, it has been celebrated with prayer and fasting, which is why it is known as the “little Lent.” Hardly what we think of today with sweets, parties, and more dessert. Will December be a mad rush to decorate, buy presents, eat as much as we can, and party wherever invited only? It can be fun and so much more.
I hope you, too, are focusing on the astounding fact that God became man so that we could be reconciled to him. Rejoice in this good news that never grows old! And, invite others like the young JoHannah to join your family and church family in celebrating the coming of Jesus at Christmas when God changed everything!