by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer, BSG
From the December Perspective,
the newsletter of the Church of Our Saviour:
One of our great preoccupations as Christians in the West is with our own preparation, our own expectations, even our own righteousness before God in Christ. This time of year, the lead up to Christmas, is easily the greatest example, the "Exhibit A" of this pattern in our spiritual lives. It manaifests with our incredible busyness this time of year, from our frenetic shopping to our almost overwhelming schedules around getting ready for the holiday.
Getting ready is indeed a key part of Advent, whether we are preparing for the Christmas Pageant or the Children's Boutique or the annaul Bake Sale at Church of Our Saviour, preparing our families, or trying on new patterns of prayer to open our hearts and mind to the promised coming of Christ. But I would argue that if getting ready -- especially in the programmactic and material sense -- is our strength, learning to wait for Christ is our weakness.
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