“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.” (Jeremiah 33:14-16)
We in the area of metaphor and imaginary. We are talking and thinking about themes and motifs. We are making plans to hang garland and ivy. Yes, we are one day after Thanksgiving. But Advent comes on the heels of Thanksgiving, as if to say “continue to give thanks because we have much to be thankful for.”
Surely the days will come when crisp thoughts of Advent, Christmas, and Yuletide overwhelm us, and we are caught up in the spirit of the season. And during this period of time, the theme for this lectionary year will be set aside. The need for confession and penance, that leads to repentance is smothered, if you will, in wishes of the season; if not now, when those days have come.
We are beginning a new church year, a new lectionary year, and in time a new year. May we look forward to the days that are coming secure in the knowledge that justice, righteousness, and safety are insure. Selah!