reflecting the holistic nature of Desert Spirituality -
the justice of the prophets;
the contemplative prayer of the Desert Fathers & Mothers;
the love of Jesus's Commandments;
the care of our Creator's design and work.
Advent to is a time of looking forward. Below is a dictionary definition of the word "advent".
1.The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important:the advent of the computer.
a.The liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in Eastern churches in mid-November, and observed by many Christians as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence.
b.ChristianityThe coming of Jesus at the Incarnation.
As you will note from the derivation of the word, it refers to an arrival or a coming. Currently, advent calendars are arriving in the shops which rely more on sale because of novelty or chocolate consumption with no hint of the what Advent means. Please note, I have used the capital letter for Advent which relies on the spiritual context and lower case for the word when used in relation to consumerism.
I take the trouble for remembrance of this because Advent is a time of preparation to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and to remember that while there was a First Advent as faithful people looked forward to His coming, this is also a time of preparation as faithful people look forward to His second coming when He returns to reclaim His own.
So, with the help of Christine Sine's beautiful video above, let us take time to emphasise Advent and truly enter into the the spirit of the Christmas season with a life lived in Christ. If we only celebrate advent, what is it that we are commemorating? An introduction to and preparation for consumerism and life with monopoloistic retailers and confectionary and noveltry producers?
I'm a Has Been - or to be grammatically correct a Have Been. I have been - Nurse, Librarian, Station Cook, Union Organiser, Political Staffer, Corporate PA, Business Woman. I receive that well-known arts/blogging subsidy known as the Old Aged Pension and keep myself occupied out-of-doors with gardening, community activism & doing coffee.