The Word Among Us

Advent 2006 Issue

The Advent of the Word

Getting Ready for the "Big Day"

Have you ever noticed how we live by seasons? Our calendars may break life up into weeks and months and years, but it's the seasons that really count for us. And nothing seems to get more attention than sports seasons. Whether it's football, baseball, cricket, or soccer, all the seasons follow a general pattern. Initially, people get excited about their home team as the games begin. But as the season progresses, fans gradually turn their attention to the teams likely to win the championship, whether it is the Super Bowl, the World Series, or the World Cup.

In a similar way, the season of Advent is filled with activities, all of which lead up to one special time. From the very start of the season,...

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