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The Advent rut

November 25, 2011

Are you in a rut? I highly recommend it!

Advent is near.

Advent, the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas, is a time of preparation. Preparation for what you ask? Preparation for the coming of the King. The King of what? The King of the whole earth. Yes, I’m talking about the baby Jesus! The church lives into this yearly rhythm that begins during advent and culminates in Easter. It’s our way of living more fully into the story of Christ from his birth to his ministry to his death and resurrection. It creates a good rut in our soul. It creates an ever deepening, year after year, channel for the flow of God’s life to flow into our own.

We all have ruts and routines in our life. It’s just easier than making things up as we go along. We have habits that we unconsciously practice day after day, week after week, year after year. The Christian year is a way to live more fully into a thoughtful routine, a good rut. Once there, you’ll just get caught up into the flow that is in the rut. This is an invitation to jump into the rut this year for those who never have.

And it begins now. This coming Sunday. If you’re looking for a good place to jump on board and find out more about Christianity this is the perfect time to do it. Everything kind of resets around this time. We are all in the mode of preparing for Christmas, an important starting point of God’s life flowing into the world in the most meaningful and fullest way imaginable: Coming to us as one of us.

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Here’s a helpful book on jumping deeper into the good rut of the Christian year. I haven’t read the whole thing but the parts I have read I really like.

Wikipedia also has a good summary of Advent.

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