Fully open for Christmas day.

Lenten devotionals offered at church have become one of my favorite pieces of literature each spring. A great way to help set the tone for the forty day journey.
And now, Advent devotionals have found a similar place of prominence in my heart.
There is so much to the words that have been chosen to detail and reveal faith. And as I have told a close friend on numerous occasions, each time I am present for a reading or the homily, I hear something new.
Another nugget of the greater lesson to consider and add to my understanding. Words that if taken to heart and applied to life, affirm grace and provide peace.
Take “adventus” for example.
The Latin word from which advent was born. The Catholic Exchange takes it a few steps farther:
“Adventus is a form of the verb advenio which is defined not only as arrive, come to, but also as develop, set in, and arise. Adventus itself also refers to an invasion, incursion, ripening, and appearance—all denotations that are rich with implications for the gospel accounts of Christ.
So if you think about it, the rhyme for this season is not only centered on an arrival, or the coming.

But in a deeper sense, it has everything to do with development. Incursion. And ripening.
Advent is about developing a rhythm of life that instills purpose within the waiting.
It is about allowing the words to find their way not just into your head through your ears.
But into your soul through your heart.
Letting them nurture and sustain you through out the coming weeks – and beyond.
So that your faith can grow and bloom in full.
Fully open for Christmas day.

Author: Mark J. Hahn

"To be there when the light goes on." Those few, powerful words, succinctly sum up my quest as a coach. That is really what it is all about. This is precisely what drives me. To have good fortune shine upon me briefly so that I can be present at that very moment. The instant of revelation. When the years of heavy lifting results in it making sense for someone else. The almost audible “click”, followed instantaneously by an unmistakable incandescence. The illumination that can only accompany accomplishment. To see bean in the eyes, the look on the face, a change in stature and the air of confidence overtake and envelope the protoge, the “project” or the late bloomer. That is why I am in it. There may never be a stat for achieving those kinds of victories. But it is by far the most important “w” I will ever achieve.

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