Today’s Word: ‘Approach’ as in… coming near!
As we approach – as we come near the season of Advent, God approaches us. That’s the good news in all of this!
In his book, Whistling in the Dark, Frederick Buechner offers a compelling image of what it means to approach the season of Advent:
“The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised the baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows at either side of it tell you nothing, or almost nothing. For a second you catch a whiff in the air of some fragrance that reminds you of a place you’ve never been and a time you have no words for. You are aware of the beating of your heart. The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.”
With that, it seems rather obvious that to miss that moment would be to miss most, if not all of the wonder of the season of Advent—and the seasons just beyond Advent.
The seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany call us into the rich details and rhythms of Advent life together: waiting, preparing, hoping, birthing, living, reflecting, and growing. Even dying and rising are part of celebrating the details and rhythms of life as followers of Christ.
These first three seasons of the Church year—Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, draw us deeper into life and call us to look more carefully at who we are and who God is creating us to be in the world.
Advent approaches! God approaches! Let’s approach with wonder!