Telling a Clear Story this Advent
<![CDATA[We took our kids to their first UGA football game this past weekend. As a part of the experience, we headed over to the Dawg Walk before the game. If you haven't been indoctrinated into the world of college football, specifically UGA football, the Dawg Walk is where thousands of fans line up along a route leading into the stadium to cheer the team on as they head in to warm up and get ready for the game. People come out hours before the game to get a good spot along the route so they can high five their favorite player and wish them luck pre-game. We waited for a while with nervous anticipation and then the drums started beating, fans started cheering, and the cheerleaders ran through with a Big UGA flag that was five times the size of the American flag carried along side it. They don't call it the Bulldog Nation for nothing. It struck me as all this was transpiring what a clear story the fans were telling. These people devote hours, weeks, years of their lives to dressing in red and black and shouting the same cheers they’ve cheered for decades. It doesn’t matter if their team is shooting for an SEC championship or coming in 7-4 and just hoping for a respectable bowl. Their story, “It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog, Go DAWGS,” remains the same, loud and clear. I think I noticed this clarity more because just days earlier I had been thinking about some of the mixed up stories I tell with my life, especially this time of year as we prepare for Christmas. I am the type of Christ follower that observes liturgical seasons, so I will soon enter advent once again. Our church, St Francis Episcopal, is preparing for advent this year by doing an Advent Conspiracy study. Yes, we are doing a study to get ready for a season that is about getting ready for Christmas. That’s how confusing things have gotten for Christians at this time of year.
5 thoughts on “Telling a Clear Story this Advent”
Excellent! Very thought provoking!
And the people said, “Amen.” What a wonderful gift we have already received!
Exactly. As in exactly what I needed to read. Thank you. Go Dogs. And Yea God!
This is my struggle. What is the story I want them to tell their children one day? The Christmas they got EVERYTHING they asked for or something more meaningful…..ah yes. That’s it exactly.