I've been thinking about Advent lately.
This season that we are in leading up to Christmas focuses on the anticipation of Christ's coming, both to his second coming and to the celebration of His first arrival, as a baby at Christmas time. We light candles of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, and then the Christ candle on Christmas Eve.
It's these four words that have been playing over in my mind.
Hope. Peace. Joy. Love.
These are all things I long for and strive for in my life. Not just during Advent, but every day. They resonate with me because I need them. I need to practice them. I need to learn how to better treat others, coming from a place where these are real in my life.
And that makes me think of this:
Wouldn't the world be so much better if we all lived with these Advent themes as realities in our lives? It would be like His Kingdom coming. A glimpse into Heaven here and now.
So we hope for God's best and trust and have faith. We look for joy and find it and hold onto it. We crave and create peace in our homes and in our relationships. And we love. We treat others as more important than ourselves. Give of ourselves. Care. Be kind.
And pray for His Kingdom to come.