Inside Out: Slowing it Down in Advent

12.04.19 | Martha Manikas-Foster

The dizzying pace of December can dull the meaning of Christmas if we arrive at the 25th exhausted. In contrast, the historic celebration of Advent for the four weeks before Christmas calls for something quite different, according to Michelle Van Loon. Advent invites us to slow down. It invites us to focus on the Coming of Christ. 

“Advent has historically been a time of fasting, of doing less, of delving into preparation and longing,” says Van Loon, author of six books including “Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith.” 

Through the centuries Christians have walked through Advent remembering how believers before Christ’s appearing were waiting for the coming--the advent--of the Messiah. But at the same time, Christians have also looked for His Second Coming. The advent that’s still ahead. 

Are there ways to step back from the frantic pace and walk through Advent with a focus on His arrival? And as we do this, can we live out what it means to be members of the family He’s woven together by including those who find this time of year painful? 

Listen to what Michelle Van Loon has to say in our 14-minute conversation. Just choose the LISTEN or DOWNLOAD icon above. 

Learn more about Michelle Van Loon 

Read about her book “Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith.”


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