One thing that I like about Advent is that it actually marks the beginning of the calendar of the church.
Time is an important thing. Some say it’s the most prized currency (along with our attention) of the age.
Culturally, we are arriving at the end of the year.
Spiritually, this is our beginning. Our start.
And I live in this “in-between” space, with culture on one hand and my spiritual life on the other.
So as I watch things wind down and prepare for the marking of another year, I am also starting a journey of Spirit. Advent, to Epiphany, to Lent, to Pentecost, and on and on.
For me, this spiritual journey, this different rhythm is important.
I am not simply a child of this culture. I am a child of the Church, born of Spirit.
This Advent, as a marker of “beginning” I decided to start another one year Bible reading plan.
(I just completed a two-year cycle of lectionary readings, which took me through most of the Bible in two years, and also repeating the Psalms roughly every month or so. This year, I’m again using the “M’Cheyne Plan”, which will take me through all of the Old Testament once, and the Psalms and all of the New Testament twice.)
So instead of starting my reading plan on Jan 1, I began it on November 28.
Pro Tip: It’s not too late to start something for yourself.