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So Advent is upon us. It brings with it the sounds and smells of the coming holiday season. As I wrote about last week, Advent and Christmas are different holiday seasons. In one season we wear Purple (blue for you Lutherans… lol), in the other we wear white. Advent is a time of reflecting inward, Christmas is a time of wonder. God is coming, God with us. Both are needed. The sounds of this season are separate yet culturally mixed. The radio plays “Oh Come, Emmanuel,” “We Three Kings,” and “Silent Night” as if they were to be sung for the same day. (I’m totally fine singing them together). My point is that when we smush all of the songs together, we miss out on the uniqueness and wonder that can be found in each holiday. So what do we do about it? We sing anything we want. But! We do it with the knowledge that each day is unique and that we should celebrate today, then tomorrow we will celebrate again the gift that that day brings. This Sunday, We live in hope for the Savior who is to come. We live in that hope of the One who was, who is, and Is to come.

“This is the Air I Breath” by Michael W. Smith

“Hope In Front of Me” by Danny Gokey