The four weeks leading up to Christmas are often referred to as “Advent.”

The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus,” meaning “coming” and is a translation of the Greek word “Parousia,” which refers to the second coming of Christ.

The second coming is how the 6th century Christians interpreted the Advent. It was not until the Middle Ages that Advent was tied to the coming of the baby Jesus, and how the church observes Advent today.

When I was growing up, I didn’t grow up hearing the word “Advent.” Advent is something I learned as an adult.

Advent is a designated Time to Wait. In life, there is a time and purpose to everything, as we are told in Scripture, and this includes a season and Time to Wait.

As a Christmas gift to you, I’ll be sharing an Advent devotional each week, for the next four weeks, delivered quietly to your inbox early each Sunday morning, with the overall theme of “Waiting.” Advent is a season of waiting and longing, after all. How do we wait in hard seasons or unknown seasons?

Week 1 is Waiting in Hope, followed by Waiting in Faith, Waiting in Joy, and Waiting in Peace. I’ll have a devotional, along with a poem related to that week’s theme.

If you’d like to receive these, sign up at this link. (Or you can send me a DM or contact me on this site). If you joined late, just send me a message and I’ll send you what you missed!

I’d love to have you join me on this Advent journey! (If you’re already a subscriber, you’ll receive this automatically.) Enjoy this season!