Advent Means HOPE
We celebrate Thanksgiving, survive Black Friday, and begin the Church’s New Year with the First Sunday of Advent. Already we are hoping we can make it to Christmas. There will be traditional parties, school programs, and planning which parents get Christmas Eve or Christmas day.
But Advent does mean hope. This can be an awesome Advent with a little help.
The original hope was the coming of the Messiah, Emmanuel. People of the Old Testament understood the meaning of hope. For centuries they had been living with this hope. And then with John the Baptist and Mary, we discover a hope lived and experienced. Our hope is different because of the coming of Christ. Our hope now looks forward to a heavenly homeland. But Advent still means hope. A hope of finding a new spiritual reality for our lives.
We are hoping to provide you with some wonderfully stimulating and hope-filled experiences to make Advent a true time of preparation for the coming of Emmanuel. This is not to add to your stress or anxiety of preparing for Christmas but rather to offer you opportunities to say yes to hope. To experience life from a spiritual perspective.
Saying yes to hope means moving from this world to a new world.
You can say yes to some of these events or to all.
No matter what you choose, you will be brought closer to Christ and a new life filled with hope.
Father Ed Anderson
Fr Ed Anderson