Two days ago, Christians around the Globe began observing the Season of Advent. This season, neatly tucked between Thanksgiving and Christmas, is both a time of remembrance and a time of anticipation. During Advent, Christians recall from the biblical passages accounts such as Genesis 3:15 and Isaiah 9:6, the promises of the Old Testament "minor" prophets, Anna's joy and Simeon's delight, how the people of God were waiting for the advent (coming) of the Messiah. Christians, during Advent, anticipate the Lord's return.
And so, we remember and wait. We look backward and forward. Yet, Advent is not really about the past or the future. Advent is packed full of meaning for the present. Advent is a time in which we can reflect on our habits, routines, decisions, victories, and failures - seeking to hear from God about how well (or not) we are living the present - living today.
In light of the past and in recognition of the promises of God about the future, how are you living today? How well are you living your everyday, Ordinary life today?
The author of Hebrews encourages and challenges us regarding this topic.
Notice the call to action. The writer, inspired by the Holy Spirit, urges us to be about doing some very important things. What things?
Five weeks remain in 2020. Will you join me in devoting each one of those weeks to one of those five actions? This week, will you take time to consider? Next week, will you spur another on? You get the point. Take it from there. Use Advent as more than a time of waiting.