Life Lessons

Advent -- the Time of Preparation

Fatigue afflicts us all at this point in 2020.  We are tired of bad news that keeps on getting worse, we are tired of grieving, to the point we don't know how to handle anymore grieving.  We are overwhelmed with the neediness of families who have never known neediness before.  We know so many are facing hunger, homelessness, illness, and even death.  Our minds, hearts, and souls are simply worn out!!

Into this time of hurt and helplessness comes the Season of Advent, the first season of the Church Year when believers once again revisit the great events of Jesus' life, of the great feasts of the ancient and modern Church around the world, and the Promise of the Coming of our Lord in power and glory.  

Advent is a season of preparing a Sacred Space, of hearing again the words of Scripture that are full of Christ's words of promise that God will have the last word.  We need to hear these words of hope because our world has so little hope right now.  As Believers we are in need of the Promise that Jesus is indeed coming again, coming into our world of illness and fear and loss.  Advent is often seen as a season of preparation for Christmas, and believers around the world are indeed preparing to once again rehearse the story and renew our joy at Jesus' first Advent.  Yet it is during these times of getting ready for what will be surely a much subdued Christmas holiday celebration, that it is timely for us to look beyond Christmas to that time when Jesus will come in power and glory, fully enthroned as King of kings and Lord of lord.  

 

The King shall come when morning dawns
And light triumphant breaks,
When beauty gilds the eastern hills,
And life to joy awakes.

Not as of old, a little child
To bear, and fight, and die,
But crowned with glory like the sun,
That lights that morning sky.