Longing for His Appearing Advent Study Introduction

Welcome to the “Longing for His Appearing” Advent Study!

Every year as Advent approaches I get excited about looking back through scripture to see how the people of the Old Testament were looking forward to Jesus’ birth.

“Originally Christians used the term Advent to reference Christ’s second coming, but by the Middle Ages, Advent was connected to Christ’s first coming that we celebrate at Christmas.” (Crosswalk.com)

This year I hope you’ll join me starting today as we celebrate the season of His birth while also looking forward to His appearing through a timely daily devotional and prayer.

I know I can’t be alone in thinking the times we are living in haven’t been easy to process. Yet in the midst of the rough seas and shifting shadows, I’ve never failed to feel the firm foundation of my faith in Christ beneath my feet.

Even though there’s been pain, disappointment, and disillusionment (both personal and societal), I’ve found clarity and peace in the searching. The words of this study are what have come out of this trying season, my song in the sorrow. These are the words and ideas I’ve taken comfort from in the waiting.

I don’t know if the convergence of the events of our day mean that Jesus’ return is near or far. Without listing the plethora of headlines we’ve been inundated with over the last few years, I’ll tell you what I know for sure, God wants us to look to Him.

This first day of Advent we are to focus on “hope” and that’s what I want to bring to you each day this week.

I pray that you’ll be encouraged and empowered by His Spirit as you join me in study and prayer each day. In turn, I hope you’ll be able to pass along some hope to those in your circle.

Hymn: “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” Sara Groves

Look up,
Emily

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