Advent is a favorite of mine in the church year, but it is also when the Church and the world may be at odds the most.
Advent is a time of preparation that prepares our homes, hearts, and souls to welcome Christ. But, any time we prepare to welcome guests our life gets a little crazy.
So, it is not a surprise that December seems to be the busiest month for all of us.
We are busy preparing for Christmas with lights, trees, and presents.
We are busy preparing for loved ones to visit us OR for us to visit loved ones.
AND that is above and beyond our normal, everyday responsibilities that we cannot simply walk away from be it work, school, or loved ones.
And yet, the Church in scriptures and tone is quite the opposite calling for us to be still, to be quiet, to be patient and await the arrival of Christ.
There was a magnet in the kitchen of my home church that read:
“Look busy! Jesus is coming!”
This summarizes every Advent… Look busy! Jesus is coming! Read the rest of this entry »