This year’s Advent
booklet is titled, “The Time to Be Awake: Reflections for Advent &
Christmas 2019.” In these divided times in the U.S. replete with both explicit
racial hatred and implicit racial bias, it is important that we take time to
prayerfully reflect on how we can do our part to mend these wounds and confront
our nation’s original sin. We are not perfect people or a perfect nation, but
we can choose to be awake to the racism and injustices being perpetrated by the
structures of our government as well as individuals.