It is the first part of the word "ADVENTURE". ADVENTURE in the Latin actually means "eagerly anticipating something that is about to happen". Our season of Advent is really a season of Adventure as we eagerly look forward to the coming of Christ. When he comes great adventurous things occur!
Now, I've been noticing lately that little kids look forward to things a lot. I also have been noticing that after you have lived for a while (like me) you stop "adventuring". In other words you stop looking forward with expectation because you've been there…done that already.
Last Sunday, Service Worship Sunday, I had the very rare pleasure of going with our elementary aged children to Westgate Villa nursing home where, despite my amateurish guitar playing, the kids sang great. They cheered up people and gave out cards, and insisted on not leaving when I thought we should. They wanted to go upstairs and make sure we didn't miss anyone who might not have been able to make it down to the dining hall area where they had sung.
So we all crowded into the elevator, went to the second floor, and cheered up more folks! One adult there declared
"These kids are amazing. My heart is so full."
Mine was too. When it was finally time to leave one child came up to me and said, "I can't wait to do this again! This is better than doing crafts!" She was right in line with the whole concept of "Adventure" or "Advent". She couldn't wait for the next opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. The Adventure had begun and it was so fun she was chaffing at the bit for more.
What if we lived every day just primed and expectant for the new adventure of serving God?
So Merry Advent everyone. Let the Adventure begin again!