I heard a sermon the first Sunday in Advent and the priest said , “ Advent is a gift, unwrap it and use it wisely. “ This led me to think about what that might mean, how I might approach this season in a fresh way.
Advent : A Gift
If we look down the calendar road
we can see off in the distance the silhouette
of what looks like a manger on the horizon.
So begins our pilgrimage toward that place
day by day opening ourselves to discovery,
seeking opportunities to learn something new.
Not assuming we know the story
because we have read it,
or remember the way though we walked it last year.
Perhaps we will see into our own hearts
the dark and the bright.
Or we might see a flash of glory
if we look for it in our fellow travelers.
As we look around at the booty
every advertisement promises,
hear the ding of another email filling our inbox;
we may lose our way till we remember
to look ahead again at the creche
which is our quest.
The road ahead may seem familiar and yet alien
but just take another step forward.
Then when our packs get too heavy let us stop and empty
them of the fatigue, fear, cynicism and indifference;
fill them up again with the peace and grace
we find along the way.
Will our heartbeats quicken as we get closer
in anticipation of the gift that Advent will lead us to?
That eve of our destination where we hope
to take our places amid the shepherds and sheep,
see Mary’s smile of invitation
to come and gaze starry eyed
at the Christmas present God
has left for us under the tree.
Diantha Zschoche 12/15