First Sunday of Advent
“Now is the time to wake up!”
“Keep awake!” “Be ready!”
The Scripture readings for the first Sunday of Advent have an urgency that is not familiar in our day-to-day living. It’s as if the writers want to shake us into being on guard, alert, aware: God is moving! Pay attention!
What if, this year, you spend some time exploring how that amazing Incarnation 2000 years ago affects your day-to-day living, the time between the first and second coming? What if we consider for the days of Advent that each of us is “pregnant” with the hope of bearing Christ into the world? This is the Advent Conspiracy with four themes: Worship Fully; Spend Less; Give More; Love All. (You may read more about it at www.adventconspiracy.org.)
I invite you to conspire with me for a different way of paying attention, being alert, to what God is up to this year, moving toward the promise of peace offered in today’s psalm. That psalm writer heeded an invitation I now extend to you: “Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
What if, this week, you enter Advent differently by entering the house of the Lord . . . that place where God dwells in your own heart! “Worship Fully” by making yourself available to sit with God in silence, attentive, listening to God’s invitation to you this Advent.
Here is an Advent Spiritual Practice: light a candle in a quiet corner (yes, you can find one!) and focus on your breath. As you inhale, breathe in God’s Spirit that first gave life to us humans. As you exhale, exhale God’s peace into the world. Notice how God is present with you, within you, and around you. Sit with God for five minutes each day and explore your life in God.
May you be fully aware of God’s presence and promise of peace!
Maggie Wellert, retired pastor, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Moravian Church