Kindle our hearts with the fire of your love,
that in serving you
we may bring life and light into the darkness of the world.
Holy spirit have mercy."
Whatever your faith, or even if you don't have one, Advent can be yours. Advent comes from the Latin word "adventus" meaning "coming". In the Christian tradition it is a time of preparation for God's appearance on Earth, first on Christmas and then again when least expected. For me, that idea is a wool hat. I know it brings comfort to millions and I want to share in that, but when I try it on it itches a little and I can't find peace.
Yet I love Advent because if you step back and take a broader view, it is a season where we set aside our cynical, news-wearied world view and open ourselves up to hope. We open our minds and hearts to the possibility of a time where people love to their full potential. And whether you believe that transformation will come through enlightenment, persistant effort or a loving higher power, there's strength in the hoping.
Welcome to Advent.
If you'd like to hear more on this topic, you can hear a funny and insightful explanation the Rev. Kate Malin gave on Dec. 2nd