For many of us who grow up in the church, Advent is something we are familiar with and welcome every year. But what does advent really mean?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

noun Ad·vent \ˈad-ˌvent, chiefly British -vənt\

Definition of ADVENT

:  the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting

a :  the coming of Christ at the Incarnation

second coming
not capitalized :  a coming into being or use <the advent of spring> <the advent of pasteurization><the advent of personal computers>

For us, Advent means the coming of Christ. What was it really like for Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and wise men? How does this story speak into our lives today? And how does that align with God saying, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40 NIV)? We believe that the Christmas story tells us more than simply the story of Jesus’ birth, but that it also tells us about God’s character and work.

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Merry Christmas!

Photo: Children light candles in Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. © 2015 World Vision/ photo by Laura Reinhardt

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