Advent Begins

Today is the first day of Advent, a time of waiting, watching, and expectation.

We embark on the spiritual practice of keeping watch in the season of Christ’s coming. A vigil is a period of expectation that calls us to be on the alert.

From Mark 13: “Watch and pray, for you know not the time, watch therefore … I say to you all, be on the watch!”

Watchful persons are needed in this age, persons who will see the Christ in his distressing disguise as the poor. Keeping watch with them will help us monitor our use of money. Martin Luther talked about three conversions: our heart, our head, and our purse — the latter being the most difficult.

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Advent is at hand, and quiet, expectant waiting is appropriate. The light grows dim at this time of year as we wait and watch, in stillness, for the coming of the true light into the world.

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