Advent: Leading Me to Christ

I barely remember how it started, now so far into making Advent a tradition of my own. But for the past several years, before I decorated the tree or baked the cookies, first, I dug out the wreath and prayer book, purchased the candles, and began preparing my heart.

What is it about Advent that makes Christmas a more meaningful celebration? Is it the purposeful progression through December leading up to the holiday? Partly. I think of all the trips I have taken in which the expectation and planning are as meaningful as the trip itself. So too with Advent and Christmas.

But I think the truer meaning of Advent is not that it leads me to Christmas, but that it leads me to Christ. The month of December has become a calibration for my life. Each year, I read and reflect anew, reminding myself who I am, Who I live for. 

And taking the time to focus during the most distracting time of year is a discipline that helps me worship this way all year through.

This year, I am getting a late start in decorating; my house is still completely bare, and it’s already December 2! But I am right on schedule in celebrating the true meaning of Christmas: seeking Jesus.

Join me each day for Advent Reflections on The Space Between.

Today, I am writing in community with Ann Voskamp and friends, sharing about Christmas as a Season of Seeking Christ. See what others have posted by clicking on the button below.

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Charity Singleton Craig

Charity Singleton Craig is a writer, author, and speaker, helping readers grow in their faith and experience true hope in the middle of life’s joys and sorrows. She is the author of My Year in Words: what I learned from choosing one word a week for one year and coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts.

  • Ted M. Gossard ,

    Yes. I wasn’t raised or a part of churches practicing liturgy until recently. Deb and I love rich liturgy but still rather unaccustomed to it. I guess your post reminds me of that. It is good to have a season to reflect on Christ’s birth, as well as on his death and resurrection. I really like the church calendar with what is remembered, two other examples being Christ’s Ascension and Pentecost. Good to read your reflections on this.

    • deb ,

      Agreed. And I too am doing something intentional .
      I will look at yours.

      • L.L. Barkat ,

        So joyous… to see you writing again. With a project that will ask something of you (and me, to come 🙂

        • Kelly Langner Sauer ,

          Setting aside that time…

          I’ve been pondering Advent this year. I’m two weeks from having my second baby, and this is a quiet time for me, a waiting time when what needs to be done is mostly finished already, when I am wondering what plans God has for this little life, walking up to labor looking for Him…

          Thank you for sharing about your Christmas preparation. It goes so much deeper than we think, doesn’t it?

          (Visiting from Holy Experience.)