“…be patient, strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:8
The word advent, from the Latin adventus, means “coming”. Our Lord’s coming, for which we wait. The season of Advent affords us opportunity to share in that ancient longing, waiting for the Messiah, to enter the spiritual days gone by of our Jewish forefathers. And while the season culminates in the celebration of Christ’s birth, long days of preparation can gift us with many moments of advent…little moments of joy within our soul. Divine interruptions in the fast flow of life. But we must be prepared…alert…expectant. He may come ever so quietly. Even disguised.
Prepare your hearts, and He will come. The Lord arrives along many pathways. He comes in sacrament, in a holy communion. Receive Him. It’s a little advent. In the solitude of adoration, the Lord is near. Speak to Him. It’s a little advent. He arrives in the midst of His people gathering to worship. Moments of advent to savor.
Listen for His footsteps in the reading of the Word. Contemplate His statutes and the Living Word draws near and speaks. It’s a little advent. Walk outdoors in the cathedral of nature. He whispers in the wind. His touch is seen in every brilliant fall leaf or pure white veil of snow. His face is reflected in those you meet. They may carry His revelation Word to you, embrace you with His love. He has come.
Embark upon a spiritual treasure hunt this Advent season. Many little advents await you.