For those of you who are interested:
Those of you who grew up in a liturgical tradition may be familiar with Advent calendars. For the rest of you, here is the drill: The calendar consists of a sheet of poster paper with 25 doors, one for each day of December leading up to Christmas. Every day you open a door, and on the inside there is a Bible verse or a brief reading pertaining to Advent. Great fun for a kid; I used to love these when I was growing up. For the rest of us, it’s a little something to help keep our hearts focused on waiting for the coming of Christ which we will celebrate on Christmas.
This site is kind of the same idea. There are currently twelve images up there; by the time you see this there will be at least thirteen and possibly more. These are all images of various parts of the universe as seen through the Hubble space telescope; prepare to see them and be awed by the thought that God created all of this. Prepare to be further awed by the thought that the same God who created all of this sent His Son into the world to live as one of us.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but right about this time of year I seem to be inundated with emails from all my Christian friends about how Jesus is the reason for the season, how Jesus is a whole lot better than any ol’ Santa Claus, and how we need to take a stand and fight to keep Christ in Christmas. It’s not Xmas, it’s not the Holidays, it’s not winter break, it’s Christmas for crying out loud!!!!!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I see something like this, it kinda makes me think that all our squabbling about putting Christ back in Christmas is just a little bit petty and pointless. Honestly people, after seeing the images on this calendar, do you REALLY think that the God who created all this needs our shouting, fighting to get Christ back in Christmas?
Advent is not a time to shout. It is not a time to fight. It is a time to sit quietly and wait–for the One whose coming we will celebrate in just a couple of weeks time, and who will come again at the end of time to put all things right and bring about a better world.