It’s hard to feel Advent-y here in Colorado this year. It’s warm and sunny. Yes, the dark comes early, but the days are so bea-u-ti-ful!
Advent is a time to engage the darkness to prepare for the light. To get ready for Christmas. It’s a season.
But perhaps the usual four-week season of Advent has seemed to have been extended this year. It’s just been dark for so long as the pandemic approaches two years. So many people have died and so many lives affected, particularly children.
It’s been dark for so long with the violence that just seems to keep coming and coming without end. Lives lost in grocery stores and schools and concerts and people injured in parks and on the street.
Advent is a season of waiting and hoping. It might be hard to feel like Advent is a special season this year, but perhaps it is what we need most of all. We need to know that though the darkness surrounds us, the light that shines cannot be put out. God has been with us, God is with us and God will be with us.
That’s the promise of Christmas and a promise we can look forward to no matter what. We need Advent and its hope and we need Christmas and its love.
The Advent mystery is the beginning of the end of all in us that is not yet Christ.Thomas Merton
We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 10:00 am MST in-person at RCHS (masked) and via the livestream. It won’t be the same without you.
Grace be with you,