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“Today in the a church year, we mark the beginning of a new year – a new season in our life together – one of preparation for a day that is coming.  Each new day begins officially begins at the stroke of midnight – but there is still time spent in the darkest hours of the night preparing for the dawn.

 Our new year doesn’t begin at the end of a countdown to midnight, or an alarm going off that shouts wake up, the new year has arrived, it’s time to celebrate!!!  It arrives quietly, stealthily, like a slow burn. This first day of the new year is more like the time when we are still sleeping, still in the darkness after midnight, but it sets off a countdown toward the moment of light that is off in the distance, the moment when we celebrate new life entering into the world – God incarnate – God with us – the celebration of Christmas that will take place 24 days from now.

The countdown begins slowly – but this is not a season for hitting the snooze button!  This is a season that can fly by if we let it.  The season of Advent is our invitation into a time of preparation – a time of opening our eyes, opening our hearts, opening our lives to the possibility that God was and will be born once again in us…”

– Excerpt preached, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, Chaplain Mary Cat Young

As you enter this season of Advent, what are you doing to prepare, to awaken, to connect?In a season that can make us all feel like we are running to the finish line, I encourage you to allow yourself to take a moment, take breath each day.  To look back on what you have accomplished, and where you have taken a wrong turn.  To look forward with hope to the day of rejoicing and new life. To look at your present, who you are, and what you are doing today – is it valuable, needed, life-giving?  If the answer is yes, proceed.  If the answer is no, don’t let it waste the time you have at your fingertips.

What you do today matters.  What a gift, and what a reminder we have in the season of Advent to do what we are called here to do.  Live lives worthy of your calling.  Live, love, serve.

Blessed Advent.

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