The First Sunday of Advent

It’s here.  Christmas time.

Sound systems are radiating with bells of good cheer while disgruntled customers push and shove.  Parking lots are full, stacked with greed.  American consumerism has monopolized a time meant for hope, peace, joy, and love.  Idol hands gripping material gifts are simply a distraction.  If we pine after this empty world than we don’t have to face the reality of life.  We don’t have to encounter intimacy with friends and family.  If we shove a gift in someone’s face we don’t have to have the awkward conversation about recent aggravations.

Now, giving gifts is a beautiful thing.  I’m not dismissing the necessity of giving.  Christ has given to us.  No, I’m battling against the insincere smile.  Reconciliation begins with conversation.  We can’t sweep anger or hurt under the tree skirt.  We must face the uncomfortable discussion with friends we have wronged.  We must be willing to be vulnerable and express our distress.  If we don’t, we’ll implode.

It is in forgiving, truly, others and ourselves, through Christ, that we’ll encounter fulfillment.

We have a hope.

1hope

verb \ˈhōp\

: to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true

So we wait expectantly for Christ’s coming.  In the meantime, we are active in our faith.  We forgive as Christ forgives us.  We remind ourselves that those we lost, who knew the Lord, in fact, are not.  They, with angel choirs sing.  We are sustained through our emotional and physical wounds because he who is Lord scarred himself for us.  The gentle babe rocking in a cradle rocked us with life’s greatest love when he willing took a marring of his flesh upon a cross.

The cross gives us hope.  Hope that we have been made new.  Hope that life is being restored.  Hope that there is something more to this season, to this side of heaven.

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One Reply to “The First Sunday of Advent”

  1. A nice reminder Kelly. Thanks! I like how you describe the ways in which we avoid confrontation and forgiveness by distracting ourselves and others with material gifts. It makes me want to seek out the reconciliation I think I may need from some of my family. I want Christmas to be so much more than gift-giving.

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