For thousands of years the church has celebrated Advent, the COMING or ARRIVAL of Jesus. Historically, we have taken the first few weeks of December to thoughtfully and prayerfully prepare for the coming of Jesus. It is a season for all of us to re-focus and re-shift our lives onto the things that matter most. Jesus came to bring us Hope, Joy, Love and Peace. And if you look around at our world, there isn’t anything we need more. So let’s set aside the overstuffed schedules, the skyrocketing stress, and the holiday to-do lists so that we can take time to focus on what really matters this Christmas season.