In Advent, it is up to us to take away the veil, to clean away the cobwebs as we prepare for the birth of Jesus. Much as I clean my house for company, I also must prepare myself and open myself to what God means for me. And once that cleaning is done, I must remember to rejoice, to hone my perceptions, my sight and hearing so I can feel, see and hear what is about me always.
Isaiah also reminds us of the power of God, the transitory nature of our suffering on Earth when he tells us that God will destroy death forever. The next image that God will wipe the tears from our faces serves as a way to tell us that God cares for each of us.
I have always loved Advent, the anticipation and the preparation. I still see the Advent season as a time to get ready. The prayers and readings remind me to focus on what’s important, to become aware of God in my life.
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