Deep Thinking

Screen Shot 2012-12-06 at 9.31.55 AMWe are in the season of Advent.  What we mostly use it for it to get ready and ‘build’ toward Christmas.  However, the original intent of the church leaders was for a time of deep reflection.  Much like Lent  Advent is a season designed to prepare us by helping to open our ‘spiritual ears’ and help us see life with ‘spiritual eyes.’   The color for liturgical churches is purple.  I have heard that in the very early church the vestments were black in color to signify our unworthiness and need for forgiveness.  As many black dyes fade, they become purple.  Today purple is the color of the Advent season.  Purple is also a color that speaks to Jesus’ royalty.  In the past century the color blue has been suggested as an alternative to purple espcecially in Lutheran congregations.  It is argued that a deep, dark blue is the color that covers us in the dark, cold hours before the sun dawns.

Both Advent and Lent are seasons for fasting and reflecting on our growth (or lack thereof) as followers of Jesus and how we work to bring in His kingdom.   Part of the reflection of Advent is whether we are prepared for Jesus’ return or second coming.  Jesus told His disciples to “watch, for you do not know the hour” when He will return {Mt 24:42; 25:13; Mk 13:35; Lk 21:36 }.  When we turn Advent into just the time when we et the presents purchased and the decorations up, we miss a great opportunity. Continue reading