Saturday, November 26, 2011

Preparing for Advent

Today we are preparing for the season of Advent in the church, and here on the blog we are preparing for a promising series entitled "A Quiet Advent." Tomorrow I will post an article of mine that will kick off the series, and then each Sunday I will write a reflection on the Advent theme of the week. During the week we will hear from guest bloggers who are reflecting on Advent and what it would mean to celebrate this season in a quiet way. It will break down like this:

11/26-12/3 A Quiet Hope
12/4-12/10 A Quiet Love
12/11-12/17 A Quiet Joy
12/18-12/24 A Quiet Peace

For today, my good friend Mark Roberts poses these questions for us in his excellent ebook introduction to Advent, "Discovering Advent: How to Experience the Power of Waiting on God at Christmastime"

 Might it be a good thing for you to set aside a special time in the year to focus more on God so that you might grow in your relationship with him? 

Might it be good for you to get in touch with just how much you need a Savior? Would it helpful for you to learn to wait on the Lord more consistently and faithfully? Would it be helpful to remember your hope in God and to be refreshed in that hope? 

Might it be a valuable thing in your life to prepare yourself for a deeper celebration of the coming of Christ at Christmas? Would you like to experience more of God’s peace and presence during the hectic weeks prior to Christmas? Would your faith be enriched if you were to read, study, and meditate on biblical texts that speak of the first and second “advents” of Christ?

I don't know about you, but Mark's questions stir up a longing in me to go deep with the Lord during this season. The Savior is coming, and let's meet him, even amidst the clamor of the cultural celebration, in the quiet of our hearts.

I commend Mark's book to you (only $3!), whether you are new to Advent or would like a refresher. If you don't know Mark, he is a remarkable combination of pastor, scholar, and devotional writer. And he's an introvert too.

Today we will prepare our hearts for Advent, and then tomorrow we will start preparing for the coming of Christ.