This past Sunday marked the beginning of the Advent Season. Advent means “coming” or “arrival” and is traditionally celebrated the four Sundays before Christmas. It’s a time of expectation and preparation among Believers all over the world. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, while anticipating His return, the second coming.
Advent falls right in the middle of the hurriedness of the holiday season. We rush to decorate, buy gifts for loved ones, and continue longstanding family traditions. Yet how often do we invite the quietness of the season into our hearts?
As we embark on the Advent Season, God stirred my spirit with a simple phrase, Yet and Still….
Yet – up until the present.
Still – happening or existing before now and continuing into the present; continually.
What a powerful reminder. God is present from the beginning to the future, and remains ever present in the here and now. He’s not disconnected from the happenings of this world. He’s with us every single moment. God’s ways are evident as we look backwards and see an abundance of goodness and mercy. And what’s even more beautiful is how, we can still see His goodness right now when we pause and reflect. His love for us has never stopped and never will. God is with us, even in the thick of it.
This is why we should all embrace the season of Advent in our hearts. It’s an opportunity to pause and find gratitude for how far God’s love for us reaches. From past to present and into the future, we are covered by Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.
This Advent I’m inviting you to pause and remind your soul, yet and still.
As we continue through the Advent Season, we’ll be examining and reflecting on passages that remind us that God is with us; past, present, and future.