“Look up, you whose gaze is fixed on this earth, who are spellbound by the little events and changes on the face of the earth. Look up to these words, you who have turned away from heaven disappointed. Look up, you whose eyes are heavy with tears and who are heavy and who are crying over the fact that the earth has gracelessly torn us away. Look up, you who, burdened with guilt, cannot lift your eyes. Look up, your redemption is drawing near. something different from what you see daily will happen. Just be aware, be watchful, wait just another short moment. Wait and something quite new will break over you: God will come.”
“Through all the Advents of our life that we celebrate runs the longing for the last Advent, when the word will be: “see, I am making all things new” (Rev. 21:5). The Advent season is a season of waiting, but our whole life is an Advent season, that is, a season of waiting for the last Advent, for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth.”
For us to wait in eager anticipation of something new, first we must become discontent with what is and believe that there is something better that can be.
The older I get, the easier both attitudes come.
There is such a thing as holy discontent.
I am weary of what is…terribly weary of the division, the strife, the lack of love and the specter of death that hangs over everything and has since the fall.
I am weary of the pandemic…the greatest symptom of which seems to be the death of empathy.
I am weary of false gospels that announce bad news for most and good news only for those who agree with the herald.
I am weary of trying to be different than the things that weary me and knowing that I’m not much different at all.
When my weariness grinds me into silence, however, I hear words afresh that i have become deaf to through repetition…
““Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10 ESV)
No need to fear…
For all people…
You will hear it and have joy.
All things will be new…
God will come.
Merry Christmas to all…