It’s ok if you don’t feel the Christmas spirit yet. If things feel a little gray and grim right now. We are in the season of Advent. Advent means the coming of something, and in Christianity’s case it provides the opportunity to be in touch with all that is NOT right with the world. Even if you’re not in a liturgical church you know the sentiment from the beautiful advent hymn, “O Come O Come Emmanuel”.
…and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here…
Thanksgiving was lovely but our family is going through some tough things right now.
Sunday we sang in church:
Signs of endings all around us, darkness, death and winter days
shroud our lives in fear and sadness, numbing mouths that long to praise
That lyric is not too melodramatic for what our family is going through. A beloved member of the family has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) and it has ravaged his body in a much shorter time than usual for the disease, so that it appears the end of the battle is fast-approaching for this brave, devoted father of three teenaged sons.
And we have other cares and worries as well. Suffice it to say that it is easy to be in the Advent spirit. We are longing to see light at the end of the tunnel, some purpose in all this suffering, some hope for a future where stuff like this doesn’t happen.
Scripture readings for Advent 1 includes the passage from the Book of Revelations that describes the Apostle John’s vision of the future in a passage that culminates with:
“the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Advent reminds us the picture is larger than we currently see. Thank God for that.