The Reason for the Season

Generally by this time of year I’m pretty excited about the trappings of Christmas. The tree is up and decorated, the calendar is full of events, and the “must-do-before -12/25” lists are endless.

This year not so much. In our house, 2016 was marked with loss, grief, and questions with minimally satisfying answers. We were anxious, at times defeated, and perpetually waiting for the next proverbial shoe to drop. And there were a lot of shoes. Perhaps you can relate in some way. In my attempts to get out of what felt like a funk, I thought maybe I could get excited about the four weeks leading up to Christmas: the season of Advent. In doing some research I found this: “God beyond time, help us to live in the tension between what you have done and what you will do, and into the truth that Christ will come again. Amen.” – Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

This prayer reminded me that Advent is about preparing for Christ’s coming in glory at the end of time as much as it is observing his birth more than 2000 years ago. I can get excited about this kind of preparation. And so deliberately the tree will be delayed, the calendar less full, the “must-do” lists shorter. And not only is this okay, it is a gift of time and space to wait patiently for the birth of a new creation. I wish for you the same gift.

– Nathan L., Council President