“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” is the song my husband and I start singing during this time of year. From the first snow, to Christmas movies, to beautiful lights and decorations, we are reminded that Christmas is coming soon.

In our congregations, reminders that Christmas is coming are seen in the lighting of the Advent wreath and Scripture verses that allow us to prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Christ, the promised Savior. My favorite Advent Bible passage is Isaiah 40:1–5, especially verse 5a: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. What an incredible gift God gives us during this season to remember how God sent His one and only Son to save us from our sin!

You can prepare your hearts for the gift of Christ by reading Advent Scripture verses and by learning to create an Advent wreath. Share a wreath with someone you love and use it to start a discussion of the meaning of Advent.

Michelle Jenks