My Advent series this year will follow the Words Matter Advent study from the National Council of Churches. Download the whole booklet if you’d like, and follow along with the writings for each day. I’d love to discuss them with you. Also, here is a link to the Advent readings from the Inclusive Bible. I prefer the more inclusive language here, than the NRSV texts used in the study booklet (be sure to read the note on page 6).
The devotional today talks about rushing around and trying to make Christmas come without the full length of Advent to get everything done.
I can really relate to this, because for about 10 years I served on a committee of the state Accounting Society, and we put on a training event in three cities across Texas, beginning the Monday after Thanksgiving, and ending the Wednesday of the second week of Advent.
I always felt rushed, and pushed, and never ready when Christmas actually came. I refused to put up decorations, either inside or outside, before Thanksgiving, so consequently the third weekend of Advent was spent in a mad rush to decorate the house, stringing lights in the bushes and around the door, and wrestling the 8-foot artificial Christmas Tree out of its bag, and into its stand, and then putting all the baubles and tinsel on it. Whew!!!
And that doesn’t begin to think about the presents that needed to be bought, and the food that needed to be cooked, and the packages that needed to be wrapped, etc., etc., etc.
The last two years, since I’ve been retired, have been a joy and a delight. I’ve had an opportunity to shop (mostly on-line) and get things done in plenty of time. I’ve even had time to consider Advent with this blog – last year reflecting on “Joy” throughout the month of December and this year, using this devotional. I’m happy to say that THIS year, I’m READY!