Advent, which means “coming” in Latin, is the liturgical season that marks the four weeks leading up to Christmas. It is a time of waiting and preparation. We wait in anticipation of the birth of Christ. We prepare our hearts and souls and minds for the infusion of love and light that is coming soon.

I love Advent. I love the promise of Christ coming in the middle of a dark world. I love that Advent beings a new liturgical year. I love the Advent hymns. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (God with us)! I love the litany we sing on the first Sunday of Advent.

Your will is empowering love, give us courage to bear the burdens of life. Remind us, O Lord. Your will is peace, comfort to the troubled conscience and hope for new beginnings. Remind us, O Lord.

 

Here are some Advent questions I have been taking to my prayer corner:

What is stopping you from moving into a deeper relationship with God?

What kind of house/soul cleaning could you do to prepare for the coming of the Son of Man?

What is one thing you could do more of that would make space in your life for God?

What is one thing you could do less of?

 

This Advent, why not live the questions rather than push for answers, as the poet Rilke suggests?

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.

 - Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)