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Walking through Advent Today

Posted by on Dec 7, 2010 in synchroblog | 4 comments

Walking through Advent Today

I had decided that I was not going to write about Advent this year. But, the monthly synchroblog decided to make their topic “Journey through Advent.” I thought about this for a while, considered a few conversations that I’ve had with some friends, and decided to change my mind and write about Advent after all.

For those who may not be aware (and I wasn’t for a long time), “Advent” is a season observed by many Western churches during the month of December, and marked by the four Sundays of December. The themes of Advent tend to be waiting, anticipation, and hope surrounding the first and second incarnations of Jesus Christ.

Thus, during Advent, and especially on the four Sundays of Advent, the church focuses on the first coming of Christ in anticipation of the second coming of Christ. To be honest, Advent (as a season of the church calendar) has not been a big part of my life in Christ. I can remember one Christmas when our family lit a candle and read from a slip of paper, but I don’t remember which candle we lit or what we read.

Recently, as I mentioned previously, I was talking with some friends about Advent (or the Christmas season for those of us who are less liturgical). As important as remembering the birth of Christ is, and as important as looking forward to the second coming of Christ is, if we stop there we’re missing a powerful aspect of the “Advent” of Jesus Christ.

The past (Jesus came) and future/eschatological (Jesus is coming / heaven) aspects of Advent are very important. But, we are living in the present. And, the present aspect of the Advent is often missing from our celebrations and remembrances and meditations. Jesus is here!

It is the present aspect of the Advent (Jesus is here!) that kept the original 120 disciples going, and then kept the 3000+ going, and then kept Paul going. While they celebrated the past physical life of Christ and they looked forward to the future coming of Christ, it was the very present presence of Christ that gave them power and courage and hope in the day.

Today, in my “Journey through Advent,” I hope to live in the present reality of the coming of Christ without forgetting either the past or the future realities. It is the present Advent that focuses me on God and others. It is the present coming of Christ that reminds me to make disciples, to love others, to encourage my brothers and sisters, to give food and drink and clothing to the needy, to serve and help and care.

In fact, while there is great benefit to remembering that Christ came and looking forward to his future coming, my relationship with God as his child is confirmed by the presence of Christ (Romans 8:16). As we walk through Advent this season, let’s remember the past Advent and look forward to the future Advent, but don’t live in those alone.

Let’s never forget that Jesus Christ is here. He has promised to never leave us. He has promised to always be with us. Christ in us is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). This is the Advent to live for and walk in today.

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Here is a list of other bloggers taking the “Journey through Advent“:


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  1. 12-7-2010

    Alan – I’m so glad you decided to write about Advent as I think you bring up an important point – that Advent should change something about the present – the way we connect with God and others – the way we love, give, live. I heard someone say that the first Advent was about revealing divinity and that all other Advents are about awakening the divinity within us.

  2. 12-8-2010

    Liz,

    Thank you for the comment. I want every day to be an Advent that “awakens the divinity (indwelling Christ) within us.”

    -Alan

  3. 12-10-2010

    thanks for participating, alan. i really like your reminder of noticing Christ in the now. he’s here, alive and well, moving in all kinds of ways…

  4. 12-11-2010

    Kathy,

    Thanks for the comment. I need the reminder every day.

    -Alan

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