The music of Advent invites us to dance. This dance awakens us. It makes us alert and moves us toward prayer. The music invites to name and give thanks to our experience of what has already happened, that the birth of Jesus symbolizes. The Advent music moves our steps so that we don’t stall from discouragement but move and dream of what is yet to be.
You have to have guts to hope. You have to be willing to take chances, to define what it is that drives you, to stake a claim, and know that you will get your butt kicked more often than you care to. But knowing that helps you know also, that a butt-kickin’ isn’t the end of you. It’s just a lesson. Sometimes, you can get a butt kickin’ in as well.