We have arrived once again at the start of a new church year and the much anticipated season of Advent. I am going to try and blog daily in the days leading up to Christmas. It feels like a worthy goal and a great way for me to focus on what's happening throughout these days.
In our staff devotions last Wednesday, the Swedish choir director pointed out an interesting play on words that had never occurred to me. (Plays on words are hard in foreign languages). She spoke of how Advent and att vänta are interconnected! The verb, att vänta, sounds a lot like Advent with an 'a' added onto the end. It means to wait, and well, the season of Advent is all about waiting...waiting with great expectation and hope for the incarnation of Jesus Christ to pierce our darkness and flood our world with light and grace. Taking time in the midst of the chaos of Christmas that surrounds us to consider the coming light of Christ will increase your ability to appreciate Christmas. There is nothing worse than being sick of Christmas by the time the main event occurs! I have no doubt that everyone has plenty to do in the coming weeks, but I urge you, as I urge myself, to find some quiet time in each day to consider the spiritual realities that are surrounding us at this time of year. Wait, with eager anticipation rather than impatient frustration, for all that awaits us in the coming weeks. The first candle has been lit. May its small flicker of light point you in the right direction throughout this first week of the Advent season.