Last Sunday marked the beginning of Advent. We began the season by celebrating our Hanging of the Greens Service and spending our time together looking at the purpose and significance of our holiday decorations.
Advent is a season for
remembering and celebrating
the culmination of all things in
Christ. Advent puts Christmas
into its proper place, not as a
comforting destination or early winter way station, but rather as nothing less than the
completely disruptive inbreaking of the God who, through this birth, makes all things
In prior years we have talked about how Advent is a time of preparation. Last week in
worship we revealed that what we are preparing for is not the First Advent that
culminated in Christ’s birth, but the second Advent for when Jesus will return. But this
quote helps us to put a finer point on the matter. It is more than just preparation; more
than just making sure we behave; more than just getting ourselves right before God.
Advent is making room for the “disruptive inbreaking of the God who, through this birth,
makes all things new.” It means new life, fresh faith, and emergent hope. It means that
redemption comes alive as not only our faith journeys but the journeys of others are
transformed. It is that tremendous gift from our Creator that restores us before God and
draws us closer to our Lord. It is that reminder that everything changed with the birth of
that tiny baby in Bethlehem, all those years ago.
This advent, I pray you experience that newness. A newness so transforming that it
leaves you trembling and overwhelmed. A newness that leaves no doubt in your soul
that you have been touched by the power of the Holy Spirit. I hope it helps you see
more things, all things, from a new perspective, from Christ’s perspective. Make room in
your life for that newness, for that change, for that transformation. Because once we
receive that power and redemption from on high, then comes the best part…sharing it
Have a great week and I will see you Sunday!