Advent reminds us to be awake, like the shepherds who heard the angel’s announcement. So often we hurry through life not really seeing and hearing… but perhaps we can see and hear.
In Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book “I Asked For Wonder,” he writes:
God is not always silent, and man is not always blind. In every man’s life there are moments when there is a lifting of the veil at the horizon of the known, opening a sight of the eternal.
Each of us has at least once in his life experienced the momentous reality of God.
Each of us has once caught a glimpse of the beauty, peace, and power that flow through the souls of those who are devoted to Him. But such experiences are rare events.
To some people they are like shooting stars, passing and unremembered.
In others, they kindle a light that is never quenched.
The remembrance of that experience and the loyalty to the response of that moment are the forces that sustain our faith. In this sense, faith is a faithfulness, loyalty to an event, loyalty to our response.