The Cry of Advent

“What do I long for now?

Our weak desires have been exposed by the powerful images and stories of God’s mighty deeds throughout history. We have been confronted with our day-to-day cravings,

which often have little to do with the redemptive work of Christ or his coming reign of peace and justice.

Our only recourse in these times of searching for hope has been to plead the cry of Advent:

 “Come, Lord Jesus, come.” Come and revive our spirit, lift our eyes to the God of hope and to Christ, our hope of glory.”

If we dare look deep into our hearts, this day(Lord, help us to pause for a moment in the business of today), we can’t help but hear those nagging cravings – the ones that tell us we need to be busier or skinnier, prettier, more creative, more organized, healthier, more fashionable, more philosophical, a penny-pinching, grain-grinding, baby-wearing, home birthing, all-natural, people pleasing, problem solving, rule-keeping, hobby-loving, party planning,  triathalon-training,  do-it-all-put-together (but really sort of a mess, huh?), person. And when you say it that way, person, it just sounds so plain, so dull…so needy and ordinary. And that’s just what we are.

All those cravings promise us we will be something more when, really, we are helpless and needy without the great call on our hearts from a Savior – who, amidst our broken lives broke through with great joy at the hope of a Savior.

 Our only recourse in these times of searching for hope has been to plead the cry of Advent: “Come, Lord Jesus, come.” Come and revive our spirit, lift our eyes to the God of hope and to Christ, our hope of glory.

The clouds are breaking, morning is coming. The kingdom of heaven has begun its’ invasion of earth.

(Advent source of inspiration, here.)

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