Advent is a time of preparation, beginning four Sundays before Christmas. The word comes from the Latin adventus, which means coming or arrival. Similar to the Lenten season, which prepares us for Resurrection Sunday, Advent is a season of reflection and longing for the coming King. As our awareness for the first coming of Christ is heightened, our longing and expectation for his second advent increases as well.
Essentially we enter the drama of scriptures with the agony of waiting for Messiah, the joy and wonder Messiah or God with us, and the anticipation of complete peace as we watch for Christ’s return to make all things good and new.