Saturday, November 26, 2011
An Advent Sabbatical
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid.
Advent is about learning to wait. It is about not having to know exactly what is coming tomorrow, only that whatever it is, it is of the essence of sanctification for us. Every piece of it, some hard, some uplifting, is sign of the work of God alive in us.
Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life
The season of Advent is here. According to Take Our Moments and Our Days, the Anabaptist prayer book:
Advent simply means “coming.” It is the season of yearning and
hoping; its cry is “Come, Lord Jesus.” The last of the seasons of the
church year to develop, Advent began as the period of preparation
before Christmas, just as Lent is preparation for Easter. Advent
begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and lasts through
Christmas Eve day. From the beginning it has been a time of both
repentance and hope, a time we enter in a spirit both of self examinationand of anticipation.
In order to more intentionally embrace and pursue this time of self-examination and anticipation, EasyYolk is taking a hiatus until after Christmas.
May this be a season that surprises you with abundant opportunities to take personal inventory and breathe in the hope of "a whole new world" (2 Corinthians 5:17) brimming with peace, love, compassion, service and humility, the by-products of the spirituality and activism of the Reign of God inaugurated in that scandalous Prophet from Nazareth: birthed in a manger, murdered on a cross.