This Unexpected Advent
Dear Ones in Christ,
In his book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” Dr. Seuss writes about “the waiting place” as a “useless place” where people are just waiting: “Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go, or the mail to come, or the rain to go, or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow, or waiting around for a Yes or No, or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.” Is there anything redeemable about waiting in 2020? For Christians, Advent is our season for waiting, not to be useless but useFULL to those who will use it to prepare for what will come which is the Dawn from on High, Light from Light Eternal and Star Child whose appearing was promised to believers then and now.
In Advent, we wait upon God to be born for us as infant Jesus and to reign among us in the return of Christ Redeemer. Both the prophets and gospel writers shine a light upon the time and place when the Lord God in human form will appear upon the earth to set humankind upon a narrow path of increased obedience to God’s will. They call believers into a spirit of eagerly waiting, urgently anticipating, and holy alertness to the signs of God’s promise about to arrive but not just yet. Our living in Advent is be enlightened by listening for God’s voice, learning from our biblical ancestors and family stories of faithfulness, and loving unconditionally family member, friend, neighbor and enemy. These things will make Advent a use-FULL season. For now, you don’t have to wait. Unwrap God’s gifts of hope, peace, love and joy for their usefulness today and in our time! Let these things inform our commitment to outreach and service, mercy and justice, kindness and community. Unexpected blessings are to be discovered in this useful time of Advent. Let the light of Christ – the One Star – give illumination to your Advent waiting with me and all our friends at FUMC.
Ever present God, you taught us that the night is far spent and the day is at hand. Grant that we may ever be found watching for the coming of your Holy Child, the One Star and our Savior, who comes to make us to be your many lights in the world today. In Christ we pray, Amen.
Happy and blessed Advent,