Advent is “the coming of a notable person or thing.” It is the expectation of something spectacular, and spectacularly the world is transformed. Lights, lights, and more lights mark the expectation. Quiet suburban streets are transfigured into something resembling a Tokyo business district, a world of incandescent glory.
But what is the great expectation for? Is Black Friday a term packed with more meaning than first meets the eye? Is it a season bereft of any spirit other than hype?
Yet, in our churches, the very place where the true “Light of the World” is proclaimed, a ring of four simple candles, one lit anew each week marks the coming of “a notable person,” one whose arrival was first marked by a single star.
Inspired by Weekly Prompts: Advent
Beyond Paper Doors
Chocolate hidden behind paper doors,
One opened every day –
All leading our expectations to –
More gift’s on X-mas Day.
What lies beyond those paper doors?
Not greed that leads astray –
But rather sacrifice to us does call,
To prepare, and wait, and pray.
Advent is an expectation,
Of God’s true gift to come,
And the One who was born just to die,
So victory could be won.
Let us then remember,
Advent’s true nature and call –
Each paper door brings us near –
To the Babe in the stable stall.
This is the second of my Advent poems, and I hope the theme is clear. Please note that “X-mas” is purposely used to indicate the diminishing of the reverence of the season.
Another winter closing in,
Dark evenings growing colder.
Violet candles will soon be lit.
Each one preparing for
Throne of hay.
The Advent season is now here. This time of preparation and anticipation of the coming of Emmanuel is one of contemplation and focus on the spiritual rather than the material. We so often get caught up in the X-mas hype, that we loose focus on the Christ.
Let us keep our eyes on the manger.
See also: Beyond Paper Doors