A number of years ago, I was part of a worship planning team. As we looked toward December, someone asked, “We’ve done Advent for the last couple of years, shouldn’t we do something different this year?”
Why do we read the same passages every Advent? Aren’t they a bit tired and worn? Is there really anything new to say about the Christmas story?
Yet I think it’s the rhythm of seasons that helps orient our lives.
Advent gives shape and meaning to our days. It reminds us that we are part of a bigger Story.
We live in a culture (and our churches have drunk deeply from these wells) that prizes the new and the flashy. And so, in attempt to make this December better than last year’s, we add more and more events and programs to our schedules.
But I don’t think the new thing we are looking for is found by squeezing in one more concert or party. The new thing I’m looking for is a sign that God is still at work in our world, a reminder that God is making all things new.
The irony of our December craziness is that I think we are least likely to see and experience what God is doing when we rush from one Christmas program to the next.
So this Advent, I am trying to slow down. To reflect on how God meets us in our waiting, in the darkness, in our longings.
Like last year, part of my reflection will involve writing. I’d love for you to join me in slowing down: if you’d like to be alerted of new Advent reflections on Ponderings this December, use the “Subscribe” button on the right.