“The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, who look forward to something greater to come. For these, it is enough to wait in humble fear until the Holy One himself comes down to us, God in the child in the manger. God comes. The Lord Jesus comes. Christmas comes. Christians rejoice!” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
This is a season of countdowns and anticipation. Children and adults all over the world are counting the days until Christmas. We’ve got a couple of countdowns going: we’re just about 30 days away from stepping on a plane headed for Germany, and we’re anticipating sharing Christmas with friends and family.
In 2006 Julie and I found ourselves visiting Imago Dei, a church community in Portland, Oregon. We were just passing through and thought we’d visit. It was the Sunday before Thanksgiving and the church had joined with a few other churches in the area to launch what they were calling the “Advent Conspiracy.” What we heard at that service left an impression on us.
That Sunday impacted the way that we look at the Advent season.
It’s easy to get caught up in what this season has become. We’re constantly having to remind ourselves of how we could literally save lives and have a more meaningful season by giving up a little of what we think we “need.” We’re grateful this year to be a part of a church and a small group who are “All In” and want to celebrate this season and follow Christ differently.
p.s. I’m writing this on the eve of the Los Angeles Angels giving Albert Pujols $250 million dollars to play baseball.