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Waiting for and Embodying the Promised Gift

Advent this year begins on December 3. It is the shortest Advent season possible, with the fourth Sunday happening only one day before Christmas. So we haven’t much time to get ready!

In our busy minds, getting ready means wrapping gifts, sending cards, and baking cookies. But our hearts need to be prepared at the same time, so we need to make space in each day to quiet ourselves and wait in anticipation for the coming Christ child.

The theme for Advent this year will be “Jesus, God’s Promise,” based on writings of Henri Nouwen. The author was a priest, a teacher, and in the last phase of his life, a caretaker of the profoundly disabled. He wrote many books, a few of which are on my own shelf. I have especially appreciated his wisdom about following Jesus with humility, serving the needs of others as Jesus’ disciples.

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