As we move from the RE:series to the PRE:series, we begin to examine Advent through the lens of words that begin with "pre". Our first word is Preparations. The Christmas season is filled with preparations, which can be burdensome and stressful, but also joyful and meaningful. The same was true for the arrival of the Messiah.
God had been making preparations for centuries beforehand, and the birth narrative itself prepares us for Jesus' identity and purpose. But what do all these preparations mean for us this Advent season? And who is this mysterious "Gangie Rantz" individual who stresses over picking Christmas gifts? And how will Chris' daughter do in her big Christmas concert recorder performance? These important questions (and more) await!