Every day in my email inbox I receive frantic emails from retailers trying to get me off my Advent duff and start shopping in earnest. Last Chance! Don't miss out! Time is running out!!!!!
But this year, Advent is another time in another country. My heart and head are about love. About preparing myself and my family for the celebration of Christmas and, indeed, the second coming. Our house is yet bare. We haven't bought a tree... and maybe won't until Christmas Eve. We are embracing the beauty and slightly bittersweet sense of anticipation.
I love the Gospel readings that go with this time of year. Tomorrow we learn of John, the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.
I am crying out to you, Lord. I lift my voice with countless others and cry to you, Come, Emmanuel, Come.
For in a strange way, time really IS running out. We must always be prepared for Him.