We’ve come upon that time year again where poor Joyce is begging me to choose Christmas carols to sing in worship and I keep picking Advent Songs. With the end of Thanksgiving, our world is shifting into Christmas mode, with music, trees, and lights appearing nearly everywhere.
Christmas is easy to understand, and good to get excited about. Advent is strange, and usually just gets delegated to being “The Christmas Season.” But Advent might be our most important liturgical season for a very specific reason… it reminds us that we need a savior, and why all the Christmas celebration is worth it in the first place.
Imagine waking up tomorrow and learning that the Packers were the Super Bowl Champs. Forget the regular season, forget the playoffs, forget the Super Bowl Game itself, just have good ol’ Roger Goodel mail a Trophy to Lambeau with maybe a tweet or something. Would we celebrate, would we have parades or a party?
No, because without the struggle to reach and win that final game, any Trophy (yes, including the Lombardi) becomes meaningless.
You’ll probably get some Christmas music this advent season, if for no other reason than a lot of people have written great Christmas music while far fewer write great Advent music, and our worship team is too good to keep playing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” over and over again. But remember, while we are surrounded by the reminders of the season, which season it really is.
If we do, the party at the end will be all the sweeter.