As most of my close friends know, I consider Advent to be the most important season on the Christian's calendar. It's not just that Advent leads up to Christmas, it is much more than that. The Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ was God's declaration of love for his creation -- "For God So Loved The World, That He Gave His One and Only Son..." -- but it is this unbelievable concept of the "INCARNATION", the IMMANUEL, that is "God is With Us". God's love conquers a world full of sin...of hate, suspicion, material end alls and racial divide. He has given us all a picture of His Kingdom that we are invited into. It is not a Kingdom of the rich and powerful, of the movers and shakers, it's the "Upside-Down" character of God that comes flying in for all to see... "you gotta be kidding me. God says he is going to change the world and that sin will be no more, and he sends a baby!" Yes, a baby.
Every year I celebrate Advent with great fervor. I have completed a series of meditations for Advent and since Advent begins this week, Sunday the 2nd of Dec., and the first week goes until Saturday the 8th, I wanted to make them available to some friends. I sent out a bunch to people on thursday of this week, but I may not have gotten everyone, especially if I have outdated email addresses.
IF you read this, and want to track along, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be glad to send you the weekly meditations. Either way, may you be blessed and filled with the "wonder of his birth".