The Chambered Nautilus
"Deep calls to deep..." Psalm 42:7
...uncurling and growing into the wonderful grace of God.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Advent: Change of Plans
I was at work someone asked me about Advent. She came right up to the counter
and asked boldly and without hesitation. Embarrassingly I didn’t know quite how
to explain a tradition to her I only became aware of in the last five years. I
felt like a student being handed a pop-quiz. I fumbled. Rambled. Stumbled.
I looked up
into her face. Such earnestness in the asking. Such purity in the inquiry. She
this on-the-journey-with-her pilgrim, to direct and guide her. And I got a little scared. A little
You see I planned
to write about something else in this first post of the Advent season. I had another
devotion partially written in my head. But
God was ahead of me. He knew my point of view wasn’t quite right yet. It didn't take him long to remedy the situation.
I saw in this young woman the very essence of Advent—she stood waiting
expectedly, sincerely seeking. I couldn’t help but stare into her face—in the
moment so madonna-like. She embodied Advent. She asked; she waited to receive. She anticipated; she waited with eagerness. She trusted; she waited for someone she trusted to show
her the way (Oh Almighty God, help me!).
This is Advent.
We are standing on the cusp of
Christmas. On the periphery. I pray you would empower us to wait for your
coming this Christmas. Father, may we embody Advent—our spirits animated with
eagerness and anticipation of your Incarnation. May we expect you to come into
our lives and be with us. May we wait to receive the revelations you have for
us. Oh, Father! Come. Come to us. Arrive in us. Swell in us this child-like
anticipation that we are going to see and experience you in this three week
journey. We are trusting you to lead us. Expecting you to arrive. Amen and amen.