Monday, December 14, 2009

Advent Penitence & Preparation

Lest anyone who reads my occasional posts here think I am all about penitence rather than joy and anticipation during the Advent season, I offer this short, but excellent post from Nancy Wilson:
If we view Advent not as a season of penitence, but as a season of preparation, that is not because we are against repentance. We are getting ready, putting things in order, smoothing out the road (Isaiah 40:1-8). Advent is much like the time we spend in the kitchen preparing a feast. It is a time of anticipation and excitement, standing on tiptoe waiting expectantly for the coming of the Messiah. The angels brought glad tidings, and we want to live in such a way that we can bring these same tidings of comfort and joy to the whole world. And that can’t be done with a long face.
The way I see it is this, that even when we're in our kitchens preparing for a joyous feast, the counters need to be wiped, the pots and pans need to be scrubbed, the floor needs to be swept, and the garbage needs to go out.

A blessed Advent season to you all!

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