Before Advent

Advent comes early this year.

But here’s the miraculous part–it’s a season, not a day.

Advent wreath with Christmas tree in the background

And it’s a season that’s meant for preparation. So if you are feeling not quite ready, if the list of daily to-dos is all you can handle, if expectations are higher than ever because of the pandemic, then the season was made for you.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me
and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live
freely and lightly.

Matthew 11.30

And next year? You’ll have the chance to practice keeping Advent again. Time, even in these strangely warped pandemic years, moves ever only in one direction. But the church year spirals along these same well-worn paths every year. We can receive the gift of this season with an open hand.

If you are looking for more Advent inspiration, you can get a copy of my book Keeping Advent right here.

And this might be my favorite Advent series…5 Days to a More Peaceful Advent.

Start today, and you’ll be right on time!