I am very much relieved that the verses for Advent delicately touch on the season. It seems far to early to start thinking about Advent. Yet, Thanksgiving comes at the end of this week and this Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. The first candle in the Advent wreath will be lite, and soon will come (if it has not already according to the decorations in stores) planning for the holiday.
The year seems to have rushed away, and recent events may have blurred for a moment the coming of the season; but I am determined in my own way to reassert the spirit of Advent, and in good time, Christmas.
“Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13: 11-14)
A little starker than I would have put it, but that is the writer of Romans for you. Writing to a people who lived squarely in the midst of politics and social upheaval, trying to carve out a Christian way of living in a society that at times seemed against them. No matter; they prevailed and so shall we. Because when it comes right down to it, the power of love and compassion, caring and acceptance, forgiveness and mercy is stronger than what is antithetic to Christian principles.
The season of Advent is a season of waiting; waiting in hope but knowing (really) what is to come. It occurs to me we are also in a season of waiting, waiting to see what will happen in current politics and the upheaval that is with us. So it doubly good that the season of Advent will help us move through this time with hope and the promise that salvation is resting firmly in the hands of the Divine. Selah!