Has anyone else been taken off guard by the arrival of Advent? I certainly have been. Part of it is the lack of snow and cold weather and part of it is…well…I just can’t seem to put my finger on it. It just doesn’t quite feel like Advent yet.
This morning I walked into the sanctuary and saw the Christmas trees up and some of the decorations up (the rest get hung during our “Hanging of the Greens” service this morning). It felt awkward, but I got a feeling that once I jump in with both feet, into the deep end (singing Christmas/Advent hymns, puting Christmas music in my CD player, decorating my office and house, etc) things will get better. So maybe I should just get into the theme of Advent and wait, prepare and anticipate. I know things will change. I know the season will get better. I know “Merry Christmas” will roll off the tongue. I know all this will happen…much the same and even more…as I know that the days are coming when God will fulfill his gracious promises he made to us through Jesus Christ.
So I will continue to prepare, wait and anticipate…for many things…so bring it on.
Happy Advent and Merry Christmas!