“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.” ~ Jeremiah 33:14
Advent is one of my favorite seasons in the church. To me, it is a time when we acknowledge our pain-denying culture and look for God doing new things even in the suffering of life. Advent is a time when we are encouraged to take off our blinders and look at this fleeting moment. This life that is with us right now that is precious, and perhaps, it is not here tomorrow. This is advent – a time when we admit the realities of today – of violence, death, and pain – and yet also claim it to be a time pregnant with new life.
My favorite band, Mumford and Sons, encapsulate Advent well with the lyrics: “Hold on to what you believe in the light when darkness has robbed you of all your sight.”
Advent is a time when we together admit darkness has ahold of us in so many ways
- When we separate people from people as though we can know who is good and who is bad.
- When we meet families with hostility who are fleeing unsafe countries to find a better life
- When we participate in a volatile and uncompassionate dialogue with others.
And yet we also claim the ways that God is working within it.
- When communities come together to feed outsiders in their midst
- When neighbors are able to break bread together and talk past the signs in their yards
- When policies are created that protect all people from violence and bloodshed.
- When we can be communities following God’s dreams for the world
God – during this season of advent, may we open our eyes to the world in which we live that we may say yes
Yes to the outsider in our midst
Yes to the person in need
Yes to policies that promote love instead of fear
Yes to the church that needs our time, our talents, and our resources
Yes to being followers of your way through Christ
So that You can do all things new
You can fulfill your promise in ways we cannot see
You will be present to us despite all the ways we fail.
You bring light in the darkness
We say yes in this season of advent because you are here already saying yes to us
already loving us
already being patient with us.
Rev. Audrey Connor
RTT Co-Chair and Night Chaplain at Level 1 Trauma Center at Grant Medical Center