Let's Celebrate!

From Pastor Miguel...            translated from Spanish by Pam Bridgehouse


Let’s Celebrate!

Isaiah 7:14     Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

   The term “Advent” comes from the Latin adventus, that means coming, arrival.  The meaning of Advent is to enliven in Believers the hope of the Lord. The four Sundays before Christmas form a unit with the season of Epiphany.

Families prepare for a new baby, counting the months and weeks, until the ninth month and the due date, getting everything ready in the house before going to the hospital where their baby will finally be born.

In the same way, God had announced the birth of his beloved Son and Isaiah spoke it clearly.  It was only a matter of waiting until the time had come for the fulfillment of God’s promises that are never forgotten.  The time came. The humble shepherds of that place rejoiced in knowing the good news of the birth of the Son of God.  Not only did they rejoice, but they went to find the Baby and worshipped Him because he was the promised Messiah.

This is what we do.  Advent prepares us for this memorable event, and just like the shepherds, we go to the Church to celebrate the birth of the Child, Jesús, the Son of God, who came into this world to fill it with hope, optimism, faith, love, and all the beautiful things of life.

I invite you to take this special season very seriously. Besides preparing us for this great event, we celebrate the beginning of the Church Year, and therefore the birth of our beloved Savior.  Our country has commercialized this date, but let none of that distract us from the true meaning of the first Christmas.

Prayer:  We thank you Lord because you always keep your promises. With songs and Scripture readings we prepare to celebrate this event that is unique in all the world – the birth of Jesús Christ, our Savior.