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“O Lord, make this Lenten season different from the other ones. Let me find you again. Amen.” —Henri Nouwen

This Advent Season

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As we enter the season of Advent, marking the start of the Christian year, it’s a time of anticipation and readiness. It’s not just about the historical arrival of the messiah, but the preparation that went into making it happen. The word “Advent” itself comes from Latin, meaning “coming” or “arrival.”

Consider Mary’s older cousin, Elizabeth, and her husband. They were part of the preparation, getting ready for the arrival of their first child, who would happen to be Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist. Elizabeth played a role in helping Mary prepare for the birth of her own son. God worked behind the scenes, preparing Mary and Joseph to love and raise Jesus, setting the stage for him to fulfill his role as God’s messiah. Even Jesus’ cousin, John, had a purpose – to prepare Israel for Jesus’ message and ministry. It was all about creating the right time and place, ensuring that the world was ready for the arrival of Jesus and the transformative impact he would have.

As we embark on this journey through the Christian year, it’s about preparation and anticipation. We learn to be attentive, watching and listening for signs of God’s presence in our lives, readying our hearts to welcome the savior of the world once again. In all our actions, we convey, “God, we are ready and eager to see what you will do in our lives.” It’s an invitation for God to bring Christ into our hearts and our world, reminding us of the enduring message of peace and hope that comes with the birth of Jesus. In this season, our prayer becomes, “Come, Lord Jesus, for we are ready for you.” It’s an acknowledgment of our readiness to experience the profound impact of God’s love in our lives.

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