Advent is an imaginative season. It’s a time for dreaming and envisioning. These are days for impossibly big hopes and audacious prayers. Dreams, visions, hopes, and prayers require the energy of creativity. They insist that we exercise some imagination.
Imagination is not satisfied with the status quo. Imagination keeps coming up with fresh ways of seeing, thinking, speaking, and doing. Imagination expects possibility and the surprises of grace. Imagination will take the risk.
With that in mind, I propose some robust and liberating interior activities for us while we wait for the Christ Child.
- Dream of the world you long for, in which peace is not only possible but a communal habit. Dream a world where people receive one another with gratitude and acceptance.
- Envision what your life can be without the burdens of greed, anxiety, and all other forms of grasping. Envision yourself as wise and content and free to grow in every way that is good and healthy.
- Hope for everything society needs: honest leaders, functioning systems, compassionate movers and shakers, innovative mentors.
- Pray as if you are voicing God’s own desires for the human race. Pray as if God waits to hear your voice and listen to your heart. Pray as if your faith is already moving mountains.