Tuesday, December 13

Advent 2011

When things are a long way off, they don't seem real or carry the import that they would if they were close upon us.  Three weeks ago my college applications didn't seem real; last night, when I was scrambling to make sure everything was submitted a mere hour before the deadlines passed, they seemed like the most real and important things in my life.  Graduation is so far off it seems about as real as Harry Potter, but I'm sure that in a few months I will be worrying over the last minute details the same way I have for every assignment, every event, and every deadline that has come and gone.  Right now I don't have to think about it.  I can go about my life as usual until the last few months before the big day, when I'll have to get preparations in order.  Then, when it finally arrives, I'll put on my nice clothes, don my cap and gown, and celebrate with everyone else.

In a way, I think Jesus' birth becomes a lot like graduation.  Once a year we remember it and celebrate with family and friends, but for the rest of the year we let ourselves forget how special that day was and what it meant to the people of that time and to us now.  We make some last-minute preparations and before we know it the day is over and we can go back to our normal lives.

Somehow, I don't think that is what God would want.  His word and commandments were so important that Jesus had to come down to earth to get us to pay attention.  And the Word became flesh.  What before was talked about became reality, became important, became real.  For the people who lived when Jesus lived, and for us now who try to live Christ-like lives, Jesus' birth was one of the most important events in history, and its gravity doesn't disappear when the Christmas decorations go back in the attic and the weather warms up.  It is something to remember throughout the year.  It is real; it is important.  As we worship throughout the Advent season we will undoubtedly think a lot about Jesus coming to earth to embody what before were only words, but as the season passes let us not forget its impact on our lives.

- Katie Durden


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