Advent: Calling the Dreamers and Realists, Prophets and Pragmatists

 Learn more about the Advent wreath and find a compilation of other resources on the season at  sarahduet.com/advent .

Learn more about the Advent wreath and find a compilation of other resources on the season at sarahduet.com/advent.

I recently had the honor of writing again for the Art House America Blog...

Advent is my favorite season of the year. Why? Maybe because it seems like the most realistic one to me, and I think that’s a good foundation on which to start each new year—a real one. Advent is the time when longing and unmet desires meet celebration and fulfillment, holding the two ends of the spectrum of our human experience in tension without denying either of them. Grief and hope, pain and joy together. Because honestly, how often are we not feeling both simultaneously in some way?

Advent is a season of waiting, preparation, longing, and celebrating. Amid the chaos that our Americanized, consumeristic “Christmas” can pull us into, we’re given an invitation as the community of God’s people during Advent to say no to the noise. No to the busyness. No to the stress. No to the spending.
— Sarah Duet (Art House America Blog)

 

In the name of the One who is Mercy and Mystery–the One who comes with goodwill to earth and peace again for us all–I wish us all a deep sense of hope this Advent. May we, the weary world, remember also to rejoice together this season.

-sd.