I’ve had mixed feelings about Advent and Christmas for years. Everyone’s happy and I get more melancholy. There are expectations of great love and great presents and great programs, and I feel inadequate.
But several years ago, I began to understand that spending time in preparation can help us handle seasons of expectation with wisdom and grace. A little more anyway.
Several years ago, I wrote an Advent reader. It looked at the mixture of fear and hope and anticipation in the lives of people as Jesus first appeared.
As I started thinking about Advent this year, about a season of preparation for Christmas, I wanted to write something new. Writing is how I think. And in the reflection, I started to think about food.
That’s obvious, right?
And food can be a scary thing. I have several friends sorting through food allergies right now, deciding what can help them and what can hurt them.
But I realized that food, or better, meals, is a powerful way to reflect on anticipation and preparation. Having food, not having food, having meals, having community – all of these are deep in our hearts. And there are food images, meal images, all through the Bible. From good and bad food choices in the Garden, to feasts in front of enemies in Psalm 23 to vegetarian choices in Daniel to a wedding feast at the end of time.
Starting November 30, at 300 we’re going to celebrate Advent by looking at the stories of meals around Jesus.
I’d love to have you start thinking now, to anticipate our conversation about anticipation. So answer this question if you would: What’s the best meal you ever had?
I’m suggesting a helping project around Advent as well: Advent Diapers.