Somehow today I ended up at the blog of a guy who lives in Florida (about as far from here as possible in the mainland U.S. I thought was interesting). Anyway, he's an oblate, something I'm learning a little more about lately. (See - http://www.osb.org/obl/intro.html for more info.)
He was writing about Advent and he said something I found to be very interesting. It was this: "In my study times, I have been learning more about Advent. The most interesting thought I came across today is that we might see our whole lives on earth as an Advent to eternal life with Christ. The passing from our darkness into his light." (If you want to check out his blog it's: www.oblatespring.blogspot.com)
That is so true. This time of Advent we are in preparing for Christmas is but a tiny piece of the greater Advent that is our lives. What an awesome thought. Let us not forget to always be mindful of the coming of Christ and how we are to live in preparation for meeting Him face to face. But not only that, but He is here with us even now. This is too much for my human brain to truly understand. I am trying to ponder all this amidst the noise of my sons playing noisily. It's difficult, but I know God is here with us. I am thankful for that.