Patheos recently invited responses in 100 words or less to the question, ”How is God coming into the world this Advent?” My response was the following:
At the first Advent (so to speak), the angel said to Mary about the still-unborn Jesus, “Blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk. 1:42). (See the precedent in Dt. 28:4.) This Advent, God is being birthed into the world again wherever there is what Paul called the “fruit of the Spirit . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23). Whenever we follow Jesus’ way of loving-kindness and allow God to make the fruit of the Spirit manifest in our daily life, we allow for the possibility of #OccupyAdvent!
The Rev. Carl Gregg is a trained spiritual director, a D.Min. candidate at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and the pastor of Broadview Church in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Follow him on Facebook (facebook.com/carlgregg) and Twitter (@carlgregg).