The season we wait for all year long is finally here. The purples and pinks, the smell of evergreen, the minor-key Advent carols, the darkness, the beautiful readings, and the entire sensory delight that is Advent is finally here. Let’s enjoy every delicious minute of this short and profound season.
But before that first candle burns down too far, let’s take a minute to consider the countless ways that the Long-Awaited One, for whom we longed LAST Advent, has been manifest in our lives these past 52 weeks.
December: Advent, and Christmas, and looking ahead
January: The Epiphany of Christ our Light.
February: Lent began, again.
March: Holy Week, with its endless grace.
April: Easter, and baptisms and First Communions and Confirmations.
May: Spring! Remember how beautiful it was?
August: Bike rides, and feast days, and back-to-school
September: Glorious Indian Summer. Thank you, God
October: The mystery of death
November: The saints, and giving thanks
And here are the Advent candles again. Come, Lord, Jesus, and give us eyes to see your presence always.
Take ten minutes to review your year since last Advent. Can you see Christ there?