I love Christmas. I really do. I love the trees, the decorating, the Christmas parties and the time with family. But oftentimes, in the midst of the present-wrapping, the songs and the weekends full of Christmas parties, I lose the joy that should come with this season. I spend time looking for the perfect present, wanting more and more, but slowly becoming less and less content with what I have, where I'm going and who I am. Advent -- the traditional Church season -- brings me back. To Jesus.
Advent teaches me to hope, to expect and to wait. To lean in, and hear what is rustling beneath the sound of holiday busyness. To lean in and listen for Jesus. For He is speaking, and if we would just quiet ourselves, we might hear him.
“It is Advent: the time just before the adventure begins, when everybody is leaning forward to hear what will happen even though they already know what will happen and what will not happen, when they listen hard for meaning, their meaning, and begin to hear, only faintly at first, the beating of unseen wings…
- Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat
For this month leading up to Christmas, I'm going to be posting every day about Advent. It may be my own writing, or the writings or music of others. All to shift my focus from myself to Christ, from my wanting into waiting.