Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.
O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Warning: “Keep awake!” For You, O Lord Jesus, hath come first in Your birth, and since, promising to return in glory to judge the living and the dead. Yet You know how much that I, wedded to my life in this world that I claim as mine own, turn my attention to the things of this realm of time and space and forget to watch for signs of Your second coming. Is it possible, O Lord Jesus, that Your warning, “Keep awake!”, is, yes, about Your call to me to watch for Your reappearance, yet also about my daily vigilance, in the words of my lips and the deeds of my life, to greet Your daily coming into Your world? If that be so, O Lord Jesus, by Your Spirit, daily breathe into my consciousness Your gracious Warning: “Keep awake!” Amen.
(1) Mark 13.37 (Mark 13.1-37)