The Stillness of Advent

Wreath around Candles with Advent

Advent is a time for walking slowly when others are rushing, for travelling lightly when consumers are burdened with merchandise, for eating less when others are eating more, for focusing inward when merrymakers drown in noisy partying.

The season offers us stillness that is before birth,but sad to say, most of us cannot be still. Instead, we yield to cultural pressures which urge us to begin our Christmas celebration on the first day of Advent. Preoccupied with gift lists, Christmas cards and party planning, we allow Advent, the quiet season, to become the most hectic time of the year.

Without Advent, it is difficult to find the Christmas Christ. When dazzled by tinsel, we cannot see the star, let alone follow it.

When speeding through the countdown to Christmas Day, we bypass the stable. And when our ears fill with jingles about Frosty and Rudolph, we miss the sweet strains of the angels’ song…

“A Saviour has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord.”

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