remembering to remember

November 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm Leave a comment

This is my favorite time of year.  Oh, of course I love the Christmas music and decorations and shopping and general spirit of cheer.  I like the Starbucks’ holiday cups and the candles in the windows.

But I especially love the season of Advent. 

It’s the season when we quiet our hearts, when we stop and listen and long.  It has this strange and beautiful circular focus on the past and the future: we commemorate the time of yearning and hope before Jesus’ birth, and countdown to Christmas when we remember the gift and promise anew; and it foreshadows the hope and yearning we have now as we await His second coming, as we wait in a world full of brokenness and sorrow and injustice and wait for Him to return and set all things right, make all things new.  It’s a season of preparation and expectation, sorrow over the world as it is and waiting for the fulfillment of a promise, all wrapped up together.

” It is that hope, however faint at times, and that God, however distant He sometimes seems, which brings to the world the anticipation of a King who will rule with truth and justice and righteousness over His people and in His creation. It is that hope that once anticipated, and now anticipates anew, the reign of an Anointed One, a Messiah, who will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world.” (They say it much better than I can).

I love the way Emily puts it, too:

“And we see Emmanuel in our little corner of the world, not because he comes new, just because we choose to finally see.  When the world was spinning sideways and upside-down, he slipped into humanity in the dark.  He came then and he comes now.  There need not be a pilgrimage to make our way to him – he did that part.  He comes to us, he lives in us, he loves through us.” 

We choose to finally see.

We see the dawning of a promise.  We see Emmanuel, “God with us”. 

We see God’s love take on a tangible, human form.  And in the nativity, we see shadows of the Cross, where Jesus would pay everything we couldn’t to make us right with God.

And it’s also a reminder of His trustworthiness.  In the times when I’m spinning sideways with worry, and wondering if I really couldn’t do a better job at something than God (pathetic, I know) – I remember.  Romans 8:33 says, “He who did not spare His own Son…how will He not with Him freely give us all things?”

If He fulfilled His greatest (and craziest?) promise, how can we not trust him to come through on all the smaller promises and provisions as well?  If He didn’t spare anything to ransom us back, isn’t it logical that he will continue to freely and lavishly provide for us? 

How beautiful is that?

I love Advent.

And tomorrow is the first day of December, so I get to play with my Advent calendar now!  (Yes, I am a big kid, and yes, I really did bring one up to school so I can open the little windows and see the little pictures – you love it too.  Admit it.)

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