Advent means arrival. The arrival of Immanuel.
Advent is a deliberate set aside time to develop the power of waiting. Waiting for new life to break through. For us to anticipate new creation enters into our lives. We develop an imagination for how the divine and the human interact within one being. When Jesus enters into our world we are invited into a new way of life with the dance of the sacred and the mundane.
What are you hoping for, waiting for?
Where do you desire new life to enter in your life, your world, your relationships?
Tonight I went to a church close by my home, Montrose Church, for their Ash Wednesday service. My family and I attended a few Sundays there during my sabbatical this past summer (2013). The really wonderful thing was that we already knew a few people that attend the church. Love how God brings people together. I thought the pastor did a great job of articulating the meaning and purpose of Ash Wednesday and helping us establish the fast. Thank you Pastor Dave Roberts.
I came home to prepare a one page “guide” for myself to create or deepen a few practices to turn from my sin and towards Jesus during these 40 days of Lent (minus the Sundays) before the resurrection of Jesus.
I found this short and insightful (fun too) 2 min video on Ash Wednesday.
Even though I have known the basics about Ash Wednesday this short video was helpful.