Last week, I read an article about the thematic changes that have happened to the season of Advent over time. Most often, in the church today, we speak of Advent as a time of preparation; a season that helps us put a spiritual spin on all the tasks that must be completed before Christmas. Too often, however, Advent becomes a season where “people are told to prepare for Christ’s coming or to be better at waiting for it. Advent has become one more thing to do [in an already busy season]–hardly good news” (Mary Jane Haemig, “Putting the Advents Back into Advent” Lutheran Forum).
The author went on to encourage preachers in this season to remind people of Christ’s many comings. Advent isn’t just preparing for Christmas as if Christ never came. No! Advent is about his many comings: Past, present, and future! As a child long ago, in the Word and Sacraments now, as the Merciful Judge when he returns. His return is not something to fear, but something for which we hope and rejoice! May our ministry together and the waiting of this Advent season fill you will the peace and promises of Christ, renew you with hope, love, and joy as we move toward the celebration of Christmas!
Blessed Advent to You All –
P.S. Be on the lookout for hope this week and follow along with our daily readings
To prepare for worship on Sunday
(December 9), you are invited to read: