The Advent Virus

I love to follow the church seasons and the church calendar. It helps remind me to remember what I forget about what God has done, what God is doing and what God will do. Tomorrow we begin the season of Advent – the time of waiting, longing and hoping for Jesus who has come, is here and will come again. If we can engage in Advent preparations just a little bit, Christmas has more meaning.

I ran across this clever piece about what practicing Advent might do for us.

The Advent Virus


Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Jove. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
  • An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  • A loss of interest in judging other people.
  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  • A loss of interest in conflict.
  • A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  • Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  • Frequent attacks of smiling.
  • An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  • An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Tomorrow we gather together (physically and spiritually via streaming) to begin Advent and catch the “virus”. We’ll be looking for you at 9:00 and 10:30 am.

Grace be with you,


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