Advent is our time to prepare for the arrival of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Our preparation has to include slowing down. Yes, that means our preparation for Christ’s arrival in our hearts runs counter to societal expectations and traditions. While I am not asking us to abandon all of our societal traditions, I am asking us to slow down, get quiet, and get ready for Jesus. We need to see if there are ways in which we can prepare and how we can go beyond ourselves to minister to others.
Here at the Cathedral, we have Advent materials that whole families can use. From Advent wreaths to Forward Movement publications, we have tools that can help people learn our tradition and focus on Christ’s coming into the world and into our lives. We also have opportunities to minister to others, such as helping to make Advent wreaths and donating time and treasure to help with our Angel Tree. The Angel Tree benefits the Family Intervention Team of the Mobile Police Department.
So Advent is here, and Christ is coming. It is time to prepare our hearts, so slow down and get quiet. Have a hopeful Advent, a joyous Christmas, and a wonderful December, and I will see you at church!
The Reverend Daniel A. Wagner