Advent is the anticipation of love. Love assumes that things are not the way things have to be. Love directs us away from ourselves to the other. It is not self-referenced but loses itself in service to others.
This kind of love is a gift. It comes from outside of us. Yet it finds a place within us. This love has a face. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
This Advent open yourself up to the love we see in the face of Christ. Set aside some time to meditate on John 3:16-17. Such love is inclusive and all embracing. No one is excluded.
-by Chuck Carlson