I needed some focus for the last part of the year, so I am taking a page from Lent. I use Lent as a way to focus and write daily, and this December I really need some focus. Why? Well the Christmas season is upon us, I have a big family celebration at the end of the month that I am in charge of, and I am also studying for a test for work. That is not even the half of it, but I can only say so much. So while I use Lent in the spring to bring focus to my life, I decided that Advent might help me do the same this winter.
So I was thinking, December 1st I would be on it! But…. I missed the date. Ugh! Needless to say, it is all good, since today is officially the start of Advent. Who knew? Well obviously not me.
So what am I pondering on this first day of Advent? Well, Christmas of course! Specifically what this season means to me and really the effect it has had on my life. I just finished writing a small vignette (?) for lack of a better word. While some of it is fictionalized, it is based on some things that have happened to me. It was like God put them together for me one day, to give me perspective. It helped to remind me that God was with me. And in reminding me of where we have been, He reminds me that He knows where we will go. That gives me hope! And isn’t that what the season is all about? Hope?
For in the velvety darkness of winter, a star is seen and hope is born. The hope that the separation between us and God is about to be put to an end. That the love of God is brought to earth as a baby. To start the transition from separation to reconciliation.