“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”
When Pola and Wyle penned these words in 1963 for Andy Williams to release on his Christmas album I doubt they knew the decade after decade impact they would have. Each year as the weather changes, stores swap merchandise and holiday decor, the boxes of lights and ornaments come down from the attic, my brain instinctively leads my throat to hum along to this melody. In an effort to not get to carried away with the nostalgia, commercialism (don’t worry Charlie B. I got your back), the “feel good” of Christmas time, I go through an exercise of reminding myself the reason all of this is worth attention. Simply put, the birth of God in the flesh was the most wonderful time of that year and all years that have passed or will come to pass.
At Alsbury we make an effort to respond to this good news by worshipping through Advent. Advent is a season of anticipation or expectant waiting. We reflect on the story of the birth of our Savior and put ourselves in the shoes of those that may hear this story for the first time.
Our first week of reflection revolves around the gift of Hope. We have hope because God’s promises are true. He does what He says He will do. He offers us this hope through all of the turmoil of this life. Wherever you are this season, take the time to find rest in Him and wait eagerly for His promises. You can know that He has a plan for you, and that He came down, was born as a baby and gave His own life for you to find true life.