Zachary lighting the first Advent candle
I have many fond Advent memories going back to when I was a small child. It is one part of the Christmas season untainted by commercialism, secular music, and the busyness so many people feel this time of year. For me, it is a time to take a deep breath, be quiet, and focus... focus on Jesus' first coming as the baby Savior, His present working in my life, and His future return as King.
This is the first year I have been away from my parents, brother, and sister during the Advent season. I miss them even as I relish an opportunity to begin something afresh with my husband. The two of us -- our little family -- set aside a time for prayer, an Advent storybook and devotional, and the lighting of the first Advent candle last night. I look forward to many more evenings spent the same way as we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Lord.