DayBreaks for 12/03/13 – Countdown
It is officially “count-down” time. Hopefully, you’ve wiped the red cranberry sauce off our chins and the gravy stains off our shirts, Black Friday is over (as is Cyber Monday). But it is Black Friday that starts the count-down of the diminishing days until Christmas. That tick-tock, tick-tock of the clock is supposed to induce us into a buying panic and jump-start our frenzied consumerism. Sadly, it pretty much works.
The church has its own “countdown to Christmas” called “The Season of Advent.” Instead of being a time of consumer manic panic, Advent is a time of preparation for the gift of a miraculous presence. This “preparation” is not about decking the halls or trimming the tree. This “preparation” is not about baking cookies or wrapping packages. This “preparation” is about a Truth which comes into the world, not abstract pure and antiseptic clean, but cradled in dirt and mangered in mystery.
Advent is an alarm clock, a moment of truth to rouse out of the “get-by and keep-going” stupor of this world and WAKE UP!
Wake up to the impending gift of a new beginning.
Wake up to the first baby steps of the Kingdom entering this world through a stable of animals and a cradle of straw.
Wake up from our dogmatic slumbers into the new light of life.
Wake up to the epiphany of Jesus in the world, and in us…
PRAYER: Awaken us and prepare us anew for Your coming into our lives! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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