Our scripture passages are telling it to us, loud and clear: it's time to get ready. The signs are all around us, that it's just about time.
Trick is, the signs that the scripture are talking about don't have much to do with making sure our presents are all purchased (wrapped, and, if necessary, mailed...) They're actually not at all like the signs that invite us to buy more, for cheaper.
Instead, these are signs of the inbreaking of God's spirit--which is getting ready to come into the world as a little bitty baby.
Jeremiah and Jesus, in Luke both tell us to get ready, to be on guard, and to notice the signs around us.
Which brings me to the question Karen and I want to pose for us all, this year, during Advent:
where do you see signs of God's light, of the (subtle?) inbreaking of God's world, this year?