ADVENT INVITES US TO ENGAGE.
On one hand we have RESIGNATION (see WONDER). We know it all too well, the true ideology of our day --- "well, it is what it is". This breeds CYNICISM --- "look around you, this is as good as it gets". The rampant epidemic of cynicism has created wanderlust and wonder-loss.
Unable to be present and unable to imagine more.
If cynicism roots we will grow hardened in our hearts, hardened in our spirit, and we will lose AWE.
WE WILL LOSE WONDER.
On the other hand we have FAITH --- an essential curiosity which keeps us moving forward in HOPE and invites us to be PRESENT here and now in the everyday mess of the MUNDANE.
Being present gives us the opportunity to notice. To be acutely aware of the goings-on around us and in us; to observe the stories being told and the rhythms being lived. Perhaps being present is the greatest gift we can offer our world.
IT'S IN THIS EVERYDAY, MUNDANE, CONSTANT AND CONSISTENT WAYS OF LIFE THAT GOD BREAKS INTO THE SILENCE.
God has a history of breaking the silence in unorthodox ways.