Tuesday, December 1, 2009

You mean it's not about consumption?

To really understand Advent, we cannot have a consumer mindset. We must be receivers--joyfully awaiting the Father's free gift of His infant Son. This is completely counter-cultural. Every direction you turn during this season, the Western world is telling you to BUY, BUY, BUY. But NEWSFLASH: that is not what Christmas is about.

I think the Advent Conspiracy (www.adventconspiracy.org) gets it pretty right. Their concept? "To worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all."
Watch this VIDEO to see what I mean.

I'll close with an Advent prayer by Henri Nouwen.

Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!"

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