Advent. We light candles. We say a prayer. We go on about our business. Frankly, we miss out. Advent is the perfect season for reflection, renewal, revival of our spirits; but year after year, most of us miss it.
Advent is the time when we are to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord. That is, prepare our hearts, minds and spirits, our lives and relationships to receive him who is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the light of the world, but all too often we prefer the darkness.
Better than lent: No one needs to necessarily give up anything enjoyable. Instead, we have this opportunity to let go of our hurts and disappointments. We can offer forgiveness, and apologize for our weaknesses and make our relationships more like they should be. Advent is the perfect time to renew old connections and restore what was lost. During advent, we can cleanse our lives.
Better than New Year’s Eve: We can examine our lives and the past year from a spiritual perspective. We can see where we have fallen short of the Glory of God and make plans to improve. We can also see where we have done well and feel good about that. It is Christmastime. It is alright to feel good. During advent we can rededicate our lives.
Better than Thanksgiving, Advent is the time when we give thanks, not simply for his bounty, but for his grace, his glory, and to praise him for his incarnation even as we look forward to his coming again. During advent we can refocus our lives on the one in whom we live and move and have our being.
Advent is the time of year when we can do the Lords work like no other time. We can feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those who are sick or in prison. Isn’t that great? After all, this is what he expects us to be doing when he comes in glory. Why is it that we mostly miss all this, and more.