And sure, for many it is the most wonderful time of the year. (Look how happy those folks are giving their best Christmas tree thumbs up. )
I have friends who have already, long before Thanksgiving, posted on Facebook their excitement and anticipation of the Holiday Season. A few even shared photos of this year’s lights and Christmas decorations. (Oh, the horror of it all!!)
But here’s the deal. For many, this is NOT the happiest time of year.
I witness year after year the struggles of those overwhelmed before and after the Holiday Season. Family tensions, loneliness, financial struggles, unfulfilled wishes–all these and more contribute to a less-than joyful experience of the Holidays. I have certainly been there myself.
This year I will resist the temptation to dive into the Holiday frenzy and instead immerse myself ever deeper into my faith.
I will actively engage Advent, the liturgical season that marks the start of the new Christian year.
It is a time of contemplating and waiting on not only the first coming of Christ–which we honor on Christmas day–but the Second Coming as well, when God’s Reign on earth will be undeniable.
Please, don’t get caught up in the frantic, busy-ness of the Holiday Season.
Join me here starting next Sunday (you could even subscribe!!) for a weekly Advent reflection of hope, peace, joy, and love as we mindfully make our way to the manger to rejoice, once again, in the birth of Jesus.