Reflections of Immanuel
Each year, society cycles back around to the all-important date of December 25. This date is bookended by Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, yielding a five- to six-week festive holiday period within American culture. Yet, the historic church has held to a different rhythm, one that begins with the season of Advent and then moves into the twelve days of Christmas. The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." It's a time of preparation and anticipation as we head toward the celebration of Christ's birth. Some of us have previously walked through the seasons of the church's calendar, others perhaps not. But it is a story that is deeply enriching. Reflections of Immanuel invites the reader to wait for Christmas and join the church's rhythmic story of Advent. As we patiently move through the season, and then on to Christmas itself, this little book offers fresh insights on familiar Scripture passages and themes.