Formation Fridays: Advent Introduction
Sunday marks the first day of Advent for this year. This season may be
unfamiliar to some of us, so I wanted to take a moment to talk about what it is,
and examine what it means for us.
Advent is the period of time leading up to Christmas. The season has
been honored since the earliest points of church history. Traditionally, the season
would be marked with language of exile and waiting, saving the triumphant
carols for after Christmas day. It is a time for us to wait, to look ahead. It is a
time of hope. But it is also a season of unfulfilled promises, and reckoning with
God in the waiting.
As I’ve reflected on this season, I’ve thought about what it signifies for our
spiritual lives. We live in an age of instant gratification. Everything seems to be
constantly getting faster, from the newest phone, to our Amazon orders, to our
internet connections. Fast is the new black. We want it, and we want it now.
That’s the reality of a consumerist culture.
Advent calls us to something different—to disengage from the bigger,
faster, stronger machine. We have an opportunity to join with the great cloud of
witnesses that have gone before us in waiting for promises to be fulfilled. We
have the opportunity to savor the “not yet.” We have the opportunity to stick
Our theme this year for our daily Advent devotional is Companionship. As
you go through this devotional, by yourself, with your friends, community group,
spouse or family, our prayer is that we would consider the ideas of togetherness
and family (both chosen and genetic). How can we grow together? How can we
be together? How can we hope together?
Grace and peace,
Association Pastor, Community Groups and Spiritual Formation