Advent is no easy thing

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Hope extends just as far as it is needed, into tomorrow or into eternity, holding up our heads when we are bent low by all that we carry. We hold out for a rescue we’ve no cause to expect. And what if it is foolishness, to stand tall amidst destruction, to wage this daily war against despair?

We hope for what we have not seen. We hope for what we have not imagined. We hope in a God who works miracles, not in ourselves. There is a time to cease puzzling over projects and investing in prideful anxiety that we are not enough. Of course we are not enough! We are sufficient for our own tiny, holy, ordained role – but only God is enough for the world. So in Advent, we wait; we slow and prepare so that on Christmas we may cease working and building and fixing,

and sing.

 

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

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