Birds do it. Bees do it.
That old Cole Porter list song reminds us, Birds do it, bees do it. They don’t only fall in love, they migrate! Many, many species of animals migrate. Yes, birds. Children who live up north are taught about how birds migrate to warmer climes in the winter. We know that fish and whales migrate. Turtles migrate. Butterflies migrate. Wildebeest migrate. Migration is part of the natural world. Animals migrate to live, to flourish, to survive.
People, also part of the natural world, migrate. People migrated out of the Rift Valley in Africa and over the course of 1000’s of years have populated Earth. And people continue to migrate. We are told that there is more migration going on now than at any other time in human history.
Why do people migrate? There are countless answers, but fundamentally, for the same reason as other animals: to live, flourish, and survive.
Each year in this season of Advent, we make a migration of sorts. We prepare ourselves for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. We go through rituals and spiritual practices helping us to get ready, to be open, to experience. Why do we make this migration? Why do we do this preparation? Why do we want to be ready for this celebration?
Jesus is life-giving. He points us to life full and free and joyful. He shows us how to live more deeply and with purpose. He invites us to health and wholeness. So during Advent, we make a journey toward more fully receiving Jesus and all that he is bringing into the world. We want to make our way to peace, hope, and love that supports and sustains life.
Seeking to live and flourish, may we make our way toward Jesus this Advent season. Amen.