Dear Members & Friends,
As we walk into Advent and December, we are mindful it’s not Christmas yet. I hear the words of Isaiah 9:2,6 “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned…For a child has been born for us, a son given to us. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
And I wonder what that means for us today? I think Shane Claiborne says it well!
“Advent, meaning “the coming,” is a time when we wait expectantly. Christians began to celebrate it as a season during the fourth and fifth centuries. Like Mary, we celebrate the coming of the Christ child, what God has already done. And we wait in expectation of the full coming of God’s reign on earth and for the return of Christ, what God will yet do. But this waiting is not a passive waiting. As any expectant mother knows, this waiting also involves preparation, exercise, nutrition, care, prayer, work; and birth involves pain, blood, tears, joy, release, community. It is called labor for a reason. Likewise, we are in a world pregnant with hope, and we live in the expectation of the coming of God’s kingdom on earth. As we wait, we also work, cry, pray, ache; we are midwives of another world.”
May your Advent be full of expectations, full of anticipation, full of hope, peace, joy, and love.
This month we walk knowing it is more than about a baby but is about the kingdom coming here and God being with us. Ask yourself each day: How will I bring the Kingdom near? How will I help others know God is with us? How will I share God’s peace?
May we share the Kingdom and live the fullness of Advent!