It is well-recognized that Advent and Christmas have both been eclipsed by consumerism in the developed nations…the spiritual traditions have been eclipsed by buying, gifting, and partying. While these are not bad in and of themselves and may even awaken us to a deeper spirit and sense of connection, there is more to Advent and Christmas.
Advent is the beginning of the church year for a reason. It helps reorient ourselves to God’s world. It’s a season of surprise and adventure, often overlooked in the busyness of Christmas What are we missing when we downgrade or even overlook Advent? What can it teach us about our place in God’s world? I begin by asking Dr. Epperly, “You’ve described Advent as a season of Divine Restlessness. How about filling that out for us.”