Advent -ad·vent – the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
The weeks before Christmas Day, the Church extends a request to slow down, to wait, to prepare our hearts for celebrating, once again, our Savior’s Birth. Anticipatory joy is the invitation of the Season. With a building sense of jubilation, we focus our time, space, and energy in quiet reflection. We ponder anew God having entered into our lives in a very real and tangible way, a child born in Bethlehem.
The world, on the other hand, encourages us to rush around. We are told a multitude of chores and errands must be completed by on . Exhaustion is the end point of the world’s keeping of this season. We head to Christmas Services fatigued and still running through our to-do lists.
Let’s take a moment to think about what would happen if we did not fill our days between the First of Advent and Christmas with a frenzy of activity. Would we spend more time in prayer? Would we read devotional material? Would we center ourselves in preparing our heart for the arrival of our savior? What do you think God wants us to do?
The world calls us into frenzy; if you work for a church, work calls you into a mega frenzy; but God calls us to slow down and open our hearts so that we can experience the full joy of the gift we have received.
May your Advent be restful, reflective and holy.