Why we celebrate four weeks in Advent

The four weeks of Advent provide a time to reflect on the Light in all areas of life, especially in difficult times.
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Awaiting Immanuel: Four weeks of Advent devotions

December holds the darkest of days. For some, this is fearful. Others wrap every surface with artificial lights to have more light around them. For us, let it be a gentle reminder to slow our rhythm and listen to the quiet of creation around us. God speaks in darkness, too. MORE ›

Advent: The season of illumination

Advent is a season of illumination. We watch and wait to welcome the Light. The Light of Christ empowers us to see the world around us in new and braver ways.MORE ›

Boldcafe Group: Advent

Why we celebrate four weeks in Advent
by Emily Anne Carson
The four weeks of Advent provide a special season in which to reflect upon the impact of the Light in all areas of life – especially in the difficulties we face.

Advent: The season of illumination
by Emily Anne Carson

During Advent, we honor the way that the Light of Christ shines in the midst of life’s difficulties. We walk alongside four peoplefrom the New Testament as they navigate loss, failure, disruption and change.

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