Advent - Day 1

[I am going to try something completely different here, and use International Day to make my own Advent Calendar. I am not sure yet how this will work, and I very well may call on some of you more thoughtful people to help out, but basically: I want to do 23 days (not up to Christmas) with a “thought” of the day. Taking an aspect of some part of the Christmas tradition, I want to translate it to a meditation for you each day. Think of it as 3 minutes where you are not stressed, and can think on better things.]


Hyperion’s 23 Days of Advent


Day #1 – Thoughts on Advent

I thought I would start with the word Advent itself, since many people (myself included) do not know what it means. If you have grown up in church you know about the four Sundays of Advent, and maybe you had one of those little calendars growing up, where each day you peel back a little square of cardboard to see the picture or words inside and get a treat. (Usually the treats somehow disappeared by Day 5, but you used the same calendar for years.)

The word Advent comes from the Latin Advenio or Adventus, itself a translation of the Greek word Parousia. They all mean, “to come,” and back when originally coined referred to the second coming of Christ.




Put aside any religious beliefs (or disbeliefs) you have for a second and think about the sheer scale of what early humanity waited for. There was no email, no Internet, no post office, no telephone, fax or wire. One did not travel by airplane or car. You went somewhere by walking, or, if lucky, by donkey and then later horse.

In other words, for the most part, humanity has spent their time waiting for literally everything. This is even more magnified when viewed through the prophetic lens of waiting a Messiah, a savior. Time for that was not measured in minutes, hours, days or even years, but in lifetimes, many of them.

Now think about your own life. Think about how angry you get with an extra ten minutes added because of traffic, a drive-thru line that seems to take forever, or the time you spend on hold trying to get through to your bank. Yes, we are all busy, and we want the express line full of people using the Visa Scan and go cards, our dentist to be ready when the appointment time says, and the meeting to get over now, because we’re hungry.

I am not trying to minimize that. But maybe just for a day, think of what people who came before you waited on to come, and how long they did so. Is it really going to kill you to gain a fresh perspective, and realize whatever you are waiting on, others have waited longer, and for more important?

If nothing else, be glad you’re not them.



Potpourri

If you missed the Weekend, I ran a list of Best Christmas TV specials, and Best Christmas Movies

International Day – I finished up my Thankful list with 27 different Rounds

Blog/Journal – Fantasy Football Scare, Holiday Gift List, Hyperion hates everyone

From Monkey Barn – Five year old Pirate; Internet Idiot Theory (Koz); Dumbledore vs. Gandalf (Dominique; this one is really good); Toilet Paper Law Suit (Dominique); X-mas P.O.D. Hot Gurlz; X-Mas P.O.D. Hot Guyz; Daily Lynx (Spartaaaa and metal pen version); Daft Punk (hands on version); Highway Joke (killer!); Teen Wolf, we hardly knew ye; Food Quiz. I ain’t linking each one individually; that’d be obnoxious. Just go to Monkey Barn and scroll, you lazy curs.

I said Friday that I’d have the Top Dancing scenes from non-Musicals. That will run tomorrow, Light willing. Have a great day!

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