The season of Advent begins this Sunday, November 30 and walks us in preparation for Christmas. Some people love Christmas. Some people find it difficult. Advent is for everyone, and everyone in between everyone. During the season of Advent, we live in two worlds – the one that is joyful because Christ has come, and the one that is longing for his return and final victory. No matter where you’re at, even if it changes one day to the next, Advent for you.
In his book Living the Christian Year, Bobby Gross writes:
“Our experience of the weeks of December can vary widely, depending on our disposition and situation. Some of us are readily caught up in the festive atmosphere. Kids are released from school, lights and decorations sparkle, gifts and cards arrive, friends throw parties, we gather with extended family and a generous impulse rises in us. We do want peace on earth and feel good will toward others. All this makes us want to sing.
Some of us, however, readily feel the weight of these days – the obligations, the drift into depression, the pull of temptation, the anxiety of difficult family relationships, the resurfacing grief over those we have lost, the discouragement from daily headlines. We feel cynical in the midst of the holiday hoopla and superficiality. It makes us want to groan. The dual nature of Advent invite both songs and groans.”
I think that’s good stuff.
Are you ready for Advent?