Every year I try to post some Advent poetry, along with some thoughts on Advent. This year, with Advent beginning right on the heels of Thanksgiving, I find myself spinning a little. We spent the past few days celebrating Thanksgiving, changing rooms around (which includes disassembling and reassembling bunkbeds ) and cleaning out closets. Plus the annual trip to the Christmas Tree farm and bringing home a very large Christmas tree!
It was busy.
It was not conducive to contemplation and the hush that accompanies Advent for me.
Beyond that, the last few weeks have been spent listening to many voices talking about Ferguson. Talking about tension and fear and frustration and anger. Both sides.
Then there was the beheading of Peter Kassig just a couple weeks ago.
And there is Pastor Saeed who is still in prison.
So many more stories I could list…so much weariness and pain, so much anger and fear. So many without hope.
And now Advent.
It constantly sneaks up on me. Even when I am looking, even when I am preparing, I am still caught by the beginning of the season. The reality of the season.
There is so much pain…and there is an answer. There is hope. There is redemption. It is not fairy tale, and in the midst of the pain and wild we need to hear all the more the Truth.
God with man came to abide. He did not abandon us, He did not forget. He still has not.
Remember the story afresh. Pause. Listen. Do not rush through the Advent season…let the hush catch you and hear the increasing intensity of the wonder as we march toward Christmas morning.
Tomorrow…Hope. You have to wait until tomorrow.
Without any rhyme
without any reason
…my heart lifts to light
in this bleak season
Believer and wanderer
caught by salvation
stumbler and blunderer
In this cold blight
where marrow is frozen
it is God’s time
my heart has chosen
In paradox and story
parable and laughter
find I the glory
here in hereafter