We are getting a blast of cold air and some snow here in Michigan, and this day marks, or at least tomorrow, Sunday marks the beginning of the season called Advent.
I think the coldness of Winter along with the beginning of Advent is suggestive and can go together in our thinking, realizing at the same time that Christmas in other part of the world is celebrated in warm climates, even in Summer in the southern hemisphere.
Winter sends cold shivers up our spine, both physically, and for many of us, emotionally. It reminds me of my weakness as a human being; how I'm ever in need of shelter and clothing, and plenty of the latter. Advent is a season in which we remember the longing of Israel, and really the deep need of all humanity, for the coming of God's salvation, in a little baby boy. It is such a special season, filled with hope, anticipation and joy at what God did, is doing and is going to do in our lives and in this world. And it's a reminder that in Jesus the world's Winter will turn to Spring forever, as we're reminded so well in C.S. Lewis' great work: The Chronicles of Narnia.
I look forward to going through this, knowing that I have less and less times left to do it. I hope it is more special everytime for both myself and you.
What thoughts might you have on this?