By Elaine Knudtson
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” – (sung by First Call)
Advent is the beginning of the liturgical church year, starting the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Christians use this time to focus on the coming of Christ in Bethlehem, in our hearts, and at His second coming at the end of time.
Dear Lord, may this season of advent be centered on preparing my heart to welcome you into my life in a new and fuller way. May I be open to your active presence in my life.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:3-9
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” Matt.25:1-13
We recently traveled to Ontario to welcome the birth of a new granddaughter. However, as the expected due day came and went, it seemed as though the baby would never be born. While we knew that was not a reasonable thought, we were frustrated by the seemingly endless wait. Eventually the day came when the child was born and we gave thanks for the miracle of her new life.
Advent involves a similar response as we wait for the coming of Christ. While we’re tempted to give up and assume that Christ will never return, we’re reminded that Isaiah, the prophet spoke of the coming of the Messiah 700 years before He appeared in Bethlehem, and Moses eludes to it 700 years before it. When Jesus was born, it was nothing like anyone had expected.
In our own lives, we may at times feel as though Christ is strangely absent. Yet He is waiting to be discovered as we pause and spend time listening and reflecting on His word. That is the purpose of advent.
Points to Ponder
- How do I meet Christ in my daily life?
- What is He saying to me about pausing to listen and watch?
- What will it take for me to recognize that He is present this advent?
We give thanks to you, O Lord, for reaching out to us in our daily lives. Make us open to see and hear you in the ordinary. We wait for your appearance.