synonyms : arrival, appearance, emergence, birth, rise, development.
This is the year of the truly intentionally embraced advent.
A first introduction, the chocolate calendars Nanny would buy for us every year until she died. Then, the church I found with the wreath of candles that burned. Four candles for each week before Christmas. Symbolizing Hope, Peace, Joy, Love. Then, a favourite author Ann Voskamp, wrote a book on these things... a twenty-five day journey into the preparation to the Advent.
And this year... things are different.
I can declare, because I have seen the declarers glory-redemption story.
I know the change that words spoken can bring and I can expect to see it.
THIS, is the advent of change and as each day ticks by... I am counting.
Counting to see the redemption coming.
THIS is the time because the EXPECTATION is there.
All birth has a preparation period.
And so have we all seen the days on the calendar tick by until the last day of the last trimester has arrived, and yes...babies come into this world kicking and screaming, and sometimes we may cringe at the sound.
Because the sound of birth can be painful, raw, honest, open and utterly beautiful.
I believe it.
And I have been watching the days tick by, and the months, and years, and I know the eyes of those who want to arrive.
And it's scary to believe and declare isn't it?
Because it means risk, and risk means possible hurt.
But where in the original advent did hurt take place?
The Christ-story knows no such pain.
The human hearts of course raised suspicion. Unbelief and even laughter was made.
But Advent means
Of a Person.
Of a thing.
Of an event.
And it starts with Hope. A hope that trickles in and gives you the faith to believe....but to keep such Hope, you have to grab onto Peace, for that peace that follows a true believer is the peace that will bring you into a fuller sense of joy and what could be more joyful that to watch your cup overflow and spill love all over the broken cracks.
And that Advent.
That Advent that we all were looking for is birthed from love.
And I will greet my Advent with LOVE.