Advent, Brokenhearted Theology, Meaning, Ramblings, Spirit, Worship

Growing Impatience in a Very Odd Advent

Advent has always been a season of reflection for me (which usually results in more writing, as evidenced by all these past Advent thoughts). This has been an odd Advent. Instead of writing and reflecting on waiting, I’m just waiting. There are always things I’m waiting for. Longings, anticipations, expectations. Usually, though, these things are a […]

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Fearing Advent: Who is Coming To Our House?

My son has a book that we read to him during the Advent season. It’s called Who is Coming to This House? and it’s told from the perspective of animal narrators preparing their house (the stable) for the arrival of Mary, Joseph, and the soon-to-be-born Jesus. As the story progresses, each of the animal has a […]

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With Advent’s Close, the Story Continues

This is a homily/reflection written for Christmas Eve, as the introspective waiting place of Advent transitions into the celebratory joy of Christmas. As Christmas Eve approached, I was struck by the question of how Christmas actually addresses the ‘hopes and fears’ to which we gave voice during the Advent season, as more often than not, the things […]

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(An Advent Story) The Complexity of Waiting

Having a kid has changed the way I experience Advent. Or, more specifically, the process of desiring and hoping for and then receiving a child has changed the way I experience Advent. But more than that, the process of waiting has changed me. I’ve written a decent amount about our pregnancy process (A Baby on […]

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(An Advent Story) What’s Left When You Ruin the Surprise?

I hate secrets. Well, that’s not exactly true. I don’t like surprises. I am fine being surprised so long as I know what it is that I am being surprised with. I remember as a kid when I found one of my mom’s hiding spots for my Christmas presents. I never told her I found […]

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Advent, liturgy, and ‘the specific act of waiting around’

A few weeks ago, Tony Jones wrote about what he’s reading for Christmas, and I decided that was a good thing to do (read something “for” Christmas).  I am not that original, so I decided to read the book Tony mentioned reading last year, Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present by Hank Stuever. The […]

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The Season of Advent in History and Practice

Advent is just around the corner and, over the last few years, has become one of my favorite times of the year.  Four weeks of waiting before Christmas.  Not four weeks of building up excitement with more decorations and more Christmas carols, but a traditionally dark, meditative, and reflective season waiting upon the incarnation and […]