Monday, November 18, 2019

A Season Pregnant With Hope And Expectancy

Beginning tomorrow, I'll be posting ideas and resources for observing the season of Advent, which begins this year on December 1. But because I don't want to overlook or rush past Thanksgiving, I'll most likely be posting twice, once in the morning and and again in the afternoon, perhaps not everyday, but some.

Had I given more thought to how quickly Advent is on the heels of Thanksgiving, I would have already had my Thanksgiving posts written and posted. That being said, I don't like the way retailers push us on from one holiday to the next, and I don't want what I share in this space to do the same.  However, observing the The Year of the Lord, which begins with Advent, is so important to me in the coming year, and honestly filled with such beauty, that I wanted to make these resources available to you as soon as possible in the event you want to incorporate them, as well. And with that, I want to leave you with this lovely passage that I wrote down in my Commonplace Book around this time last year.

"Busyness can be avoidance instead of preparation. We’ve been busy with lots of things—running errands, decorating rooms, cleaning up messes, and cooking special food, all in preparation for receiving guests, celebrating Christmas, and making moments festive. Everything might be ready, but emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, we are not. Ironically, busyness in the wrong things ultimately leaves us completely unprepared for what is most important. Choosing to leave practical things undone is a brave act of trust and relinquishment. And relinquishment often precedes the miracle.

Advent is our example. Advent is a season pregnant with hope and expectancy, weeks of preparation for contemplating and then receiving the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Advent welcomes the incarnation into every home of those who celebrate it, but along with it there is the tension about the choices we must make. Will busyness define how we wait for Jesus to come? Or will quiet contemplation be our sweet surrender while we wait? Similarly, Sabbath asks not “What will you give up for him?” but “How will you wait for him to come?”

Advent prepares us for the birth of Jesus, but also instills mindfulness about the second coming. And Sabbath, like the season of Advent, allows us to wait with expectancy. Waiting can imply mindlessness, boredom, wasting time, passivity—even hopelessness. But in Hebrew to wait also means “to hope.” As we wait, God reveals his purpose in the preparation he is doing within us, and our hopeful outlook is the result. Sabbath invites Christ to come into our everyday life, to rethink priorities and celebrate his faithfulness. Sabbath is weekly preparation and anticipation for making space in our lives for Christ to come. Sabbath rhythms are generous gifts:they are not about guilt."

- Shelly Miller 

Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World

May your day be one of quiet contemplation.

And this song. Can't get enough.


pam said...

Love this. Into MY commonplace book it goes! Thank you.

Kimberly Lottman said...

So glad you liked it! :)