Christ Episcopal Church
The Mother Church of the Dakotas
Dear God's Precious One
I wish you a most blessed season of Advent, the season in which we (and the Holy Spirit) prepare “in us a mansion” for the visitation of Jesus Christ. Advent (from the Latin, “adventus” or “coming”) is about such sacred acts as expectation, contemplation (slowing ourselves down) and preparation of Christ coming to us. Advent reminds us that the Loving Creator’s dream for all of creation will be fulfilled for we all are so precious in God’s heart. Such gracious things as kindness, forgiveness, unconditional love and peace do and will prevail.
During each day we can ask the question, “All things considered, what is the most loving thing that I can do right now…for someone, for something, and/or for myself.” Our help comes from the Holy Spirit who is always (that “daily visitation” thing again) helping our hearts to love in ways not possible on our own. As the Christian mystic, Hildegard of Bingen prayed: