The Advent Journey
One of the more profound authors and Christian theologians of our generation has written:
“The lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised his baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows on either side of it tell you nothing, or almost nothing. For a second you catch a whiff of some fragrance that reminds you of a place you’ve never been and a time you have no words for. You are aware of the beating heart….the extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.” (Frederick Buechner)
We enter the season of Advent. During the next four weeks the church talks about ‘waiting, expectation, hope, and a promise about to be kept.’ In Advent, we lean into a mystery: God working in the world, the Spirit winds her way through our world, our hearts and minds bringing a new thing. We are called to be patient (as we tell our excited children to be patient), to be attentive, to be ready, prepared to connect our hearts with the heart of God. It’s a mystery infused with the promises of an incarnating Emmanuel God.
We’ll light candles, we’ll sing hymns and carols, we’ll move forward as a community with other
communities of faith. And in this time of Advent, we’ll be reminded that the spirit of
the living God is with us – and goes before us. In this Advent, we look, we expect, the birth of God in our midst. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
Journeying with you,