First Sunday of AdventI Corinthians 1:3-9:
As Advent now begins in earnest, we should remember the very reason for this time of the year is not the tree and the gifts and the food and the money we spend. Some of those things are good and can be blessings when viewed in their proper order, but if we obsess and begin to view this season of the year in the materialistic way that the world does, we will become such as the world is.
Grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you, for the grace of God that is given you in Christ Jesus, That in all things you are made rich in him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
As the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, So that nothing is wanting to you in any grace, waiting for the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who also will confirm you unto the end without crime, in the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful: by whom you are called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
This season is about preparing for the coming of the Lord. As we prepare to celebrate His first coming in a manger, we should also prepare in heart and mind for His Second Coming in Glory.