Tuesday, November 24
One month from today will be December 24th – Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve marks the end of Advent. Advent will begin this Sunday, November 29th. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year in the Christian calendar. I googled the word “advent” and found two definitions – both from a Latin word. The first is the Latin word adventus and means “coming” while the second word is advenio which means “to come to.”
Advent is the time we wait for the birth of Christ. The word “wait” when used as a verb indicates that one is eager for something to happen. This year All Saints will to begin this season of waiting with a new priest. How exciting to begin this Advent journey with Jennifer. It will be different than in years past but the destination will still be the same – a manger in Bethlehem.
Waiting is probably one of my least favourite things. I do not like waiting in lines to check out at the grocery store or wait at the doctor’s office to be seen (which has now turned into waiting for the doctor to phone). It is easy to get impatient but then we miss the moments that can take place while waiting. Of course, at the moment, it is a little more difficult to have a conversation, but while waiting in line you can have a conversation with somebody who needs to hear a friendly voice. While waiting for that telephone call, perhaps you could say a prayer for the one who will be calling.
Advent is about waiting but is also a time to reflect. Don’t be in such a rush for Christmas to get here that you miss out on Advent. Make an advent wreath. Make an advent calendar. Read a series of devotions especially written for Advent. There are many resources to be found on google.
We also can use this time to give a little extra – to the food bank or our Christmas hamper program, for example. Send out Christmas cards to those who are lonely and phone them as well. Reach out to family members you may not have been in contact with over this year.
Beginning on December 2nd until December 23 you will have the opportunity to “zoom” an Advent worship – a short weekly devotional on each of the four themes of advent – hope, joy, peace and love.
May this coming advent truly be a time of eagerly waiting for Christ’s coming.
Heavenly Father, as we draw near to Advent prepare our hearts to wait.
Give us a spirit of calmness no matter what is going on around us.
As we draw closer to the time of the coming of the child in the manager make us grateful and show us ways to serve you. Amen