Wednesday, First Week of Advent
Matthew 24:23 35 (NRSV)
The end is coming
"Immediately after the suffering of those days
Ha! I've always taken great joy in knowing that when Jesus comes for the second time I will be well aware of it!
I love the words,For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
During this Advent Season, we take joy in living with a spirit of anticipation. We are waiting with baited breath. We are hoping that Jesus will come, or arrive, in our midst!
Perhaps he will come to us in the Old Testament prophesies that we read in our Bibles. Perhaps he will come to us in Word or Sacrament. Perhaps he will come to us in our quiet time for reading, meditation, and prayer...
Or maybe, the sky will be split open and a trumpet will sound and the dead in Christ will rise up into the air, and Jesus will establish a new heaven and a new Earth in our midst this CHRISTmas Season!
Ah! Isn't this wonderful to contemplate?
I love Advent. I love waiting. After all, good things come to those who wait...Right?
Let's pray: Oh God, I'm hoping. I'm praying. I'm dreaming. I'm imagining. I'm waiting for you. Fill up my heart with the joy and please help me to declare your glory today and every day. I pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen.