Today is the beginning of Advent, the beginning of that special time each year when we are invited to prepare ourselves to welcome Christ into our hearts and homes at Christmas. To put it a different way, how will I help birth Christ into the world?
We can answer that question in many ways. The Advent Conspiracy gives one way to approach the season. As its website says, the concept behind the Advent Conspiracy is simple: Worship Fully. Spend Less. Give More. Love All. Underlying the concept is the belief that Christmas was meant to change the world…and that it still can. If you are not familiar with the Advent Conspiracy, take a look at their website for some concrete suggestions.
As to worshipping fully, on Friday I posted the links to this week’s prayer material and my introductory talk for the Advent Retreat in Daily Living I’m currently giving. Perhaps you will find something there you wish to incorporate into your prayer this Advent season. You can also find some suggestions for Advent prayer and reflection on the famvin website here.
This time of Advent is a gift. Don’t squander it.