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If you’ve ever been scared to do what’s right but done it anyway, then you understand the cost of Advent.
When have you done enough justice? How do you know if you’ve managed to walk humbly? Acted beloved enough? There is no straight answer, so we rely on God’s grace.
Advent promises a great reversal! The lion will dwell with the lamb. The desert will blossom and bloom. And there will be great joy!
I have no patience for useless gifts. Cheerful giving comes easier to me than grateful receiving. So in December, I pray for more patience with presents.
Tell people about the deep wells of joy that faith gives you to draw upon. Tell someone about the times in your life when God has meant the difference between life and death.
Maybe some messiah will arrive someday who agrees that lying on the couch playing solitaire on my phone all day is exactly what they meant by sabbath.
With nightmares permeating both day and night, it is easy for the words on our tongues to sour. But the beckoning of Advent is to be filled up with God’s dream so we sing with joy.
My family was Lutheran. We always prayed before we ate, ‘Come Lord Jesus, be our guest and let thy gifts to us be blessed.’ Is the time of blessing and gifts already here?
The coming of the Lord is not just about rejoicing, but refinement. Advent is not just a celebratory occasion, but a call for self-examination.
If you’re currently fighting with God, if you’re still waiting for the dawn, if you’re still wondering where righteousness is, then you are in the good company.