This Sunday, Advent begins. Advent is the journey of preparation that precedes Christmas. For what do we prepare? We prepare our hearts to awaken them to gratitude for the First Coming of Christ and eager expectation for the Second Coming of Christ.
It can be difficult to focus, however, during this pre-Christmas season. All around us: decorations and music and parties suggesting that Christmas has already arrived. If we are not careful, by the time December 24 arrives, we will suffer from Christmas-fatigue and will want quickly to dismantle everything and move on...when Christmas will have only just begun. In the life of the Church, whose perspective ought to outshine that of society, the Christmas season runs from Christmas Eve through the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6.
How are we to focus while on this Advent journey and, come Christmas, not already be fatigued by it? Well, be strategic with yourself.
With you in hopeful longing,
Co-sojourner in hope
From the desk of the Rector