This Advent Season Consider Isaiah’s Words

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This Advent Season Consider Isaiah's Words
For First Advent Consider Isaiah's Words

Advent Season was a new experience for me as a young Mormon missionary in Germany, but I immediately fell in love with the idea of spending four Sundays preparing for the holiday. Advent heralds a time of remembrance regarding the Savior’s birth, as well as, looking to His second coming and a coming of His spirit in our hearts.

Make an Advent wreath using a styrofoam base, greenery, and purple candles. If you do not have a styrofoam base, place your candles in candleholders. Arrange them in a circle, with the white candle in the middle with greenery worked around them.

The centerpiece of this holiday is the Advent Wreath. MaryJane Pierce Norton, explains, “The wreath, because it is a circle, symbolizes God’s, never-ending love. The wreath, because it is green, symbolizes life. An Advent wreath contains four candles representing the four Sundays leading to Christmas. Many people place a white candle in the center of the wreath to symbolize Jesus.”

Each Sunday beginning the fourth Sunday before Christmas, or Advent Sunday, families gather to light a candle and study scriptures. Isaiah’s texts work to guide us through the season with themes for each Sunday.

For First Advent, we look forward to His second coming. Isaiah 63 tells about events that will occur at that time. As part of this day

Fourth Sunday Before Christmas or Advent Sunday
Isaiah 63: 1–9

1 Who is this that acometh from bEdom, with dyed garments from Bozrah?
this that is glorious in his apparel,
travelling in the greatness of his strength?
  I that speak in righteousness,
mighty to save.
2 Wherefore art thou ared in thine apparel,
and thy garments like him that treadeth in the bwinefat?
3 I have trodden the awinepress alone;
and of the people there was none with me:
  for I will tread them in mine anger,
and trample them in my fury;
  and their blood shall be bsprinkled upon my garments,
and I will stain all my raiment.
 For the day of avengeance is in mine heart,
and the year of my bredeemed is come.
 And I looked, and there was none to help;
and I wondered that there was none to uphold:
   therefore mine own arm brought asalvation unto me;
 and my fury, it upheld me.
 And I will tread down the people in mine anger,
 and amake them drunk in my fury,
  and I will bring down their strength to the earth.¶ I will mention the lovingkindness of the Lord,
 and the praises of the Lord,
  according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us,
and the great bgoodness toward the house of Israel,
which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies,
and according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.
 For he said, Surely they are my people,
children that will not lie:
   so he was their aSaviour.
In all their aaffliction he was afflicted,
 and the bangel of his cpresence saved them:
  in his dlove and in his pity
 he eredeemed them;
   and he bare them,
 and fcarried them all the days of old.

After studying Isaiah 63, also read Doctrine and Covenants 133:45–53 to find answers these questions about His Second Coming:

  1. How will the Lord be dressed?
  2. Why will He dress this way?
  3. What will the Lord say?
  4. What emotions will the Lord feel?
  5. What will “the redeemed” say when He comes?
  6. How will you use this Christmas season to prepare for His Second Coming?

Read other Advent posts here:

  • First Advent: Isaiah 63: 1–9
  • Second Advent: Isaiah 40:1–11
  • Third Advent: Isaiah 12:2–6.
  • Fourth Advent

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I am a retiree from Scouting. There I blogged for VoiceOfScouting.org, a site with more than 250,000 readers. During 42 years in the workplace, I've had many years senior level management with the BSA, professional associations, and high tech user groups. My background includes capital fundraising; outdoor adventure program development; property and construction management; event/conference planning; risk management and safety; lobbying federal, state and local government agencies; public relations; strategic planning; member advocacy and staff/volunteer training. Along the way, I have also taught Gospel Doctrine Classes and been both the ward and stake Sunday School President. In these settings, I have seen teachers and class members minimize Isaiah, a book Christ has commanded us to "search diligently." (3 Ne 23:1) With that in mind, I will do my best to explore and post my discoveries about the book of Isaiah. I am not a Bible scholar; like you, I read Isaiah in the Old Testament cycle of study in LDS Gospel Doctrine Classes and again in the Book of Mormon Cycle, so this is a whole new scripture adventure for me.

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