From Season of Promises
Sometimes it may seem to us that there is no purpose in our lives, that going day after day for years to this office or that school or factory is nothing else but waste and weariness. But it may be that God has sent us there because but for us Christ would not be there, that alone makes it worthwhile. (Caryll Houselander, The Reed of God)
Let the quiet spirit of Advent soak into your heart. Let the spirit of waiting patiently for the coming of Christ at Christmas soak into your heart. Now listen. Listen. The spirit of Advent is the spirit of the gospel, plain and simple. To open our heart to the true spirit of Advent is to open our heart to the gospel, the Good News that invites us to a new way of thinking and a new way of living. Plain and simple.
Shed your old way of thinking and living, the gospel says. Let your heart shed its old ways and leave them behind. Embrace a new way. Embrace a new way of thinking and living, a new way of seeing and hearing, a new way, a new way. No longer see as the world would have you see. Instead, see with the eyes of faith, of loving trust in God’s love for you. See with the eyes of faith, of loving trust that God is in your life transforming, redeeming, bringing you to new birth.
See with the eyes of Advent. See that you are sent to bring the Spirit of Christ into your family, into your place of work – no matter how much you may or may not like your work. You are sent to bring the quiet spirit of Advent, the spirit of love, forgiveness, compassion, and peace. You are sent to bring the spirit of justice which is not hard as nails but strong, resilient, understanding, and determined.
Lord Jesus, during Advent help me to seek and find you in my place of work, and help me to bring you there in my heart. Amen.