Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Scripture: Revelation 22:12
Kathleen Norris writes, “None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.”
Advent is about awaiting the new life signaled in the birth of Christ. It’s about becoming available for something new. It’s about remembering never to rush from the dusk of tired thoughts to the dawn of self-conceived possibility-as though the time between dusk and dawn has nothing to teach us beyond what we ourselves think and night itself is foreboding. It’s about learning not to be afraid of the dark and instead wondering with an open mind. An Advent hymn says it well, “Watcher, tell us of the night, what its signs of promise are.”
Jesus comes as a fresh spirit within and among us: a relaxed and invigorating attitude of hope and confidence. This is often the promise of light when all looks dark. Jesus was born at night. Many a time that’s where his spirit meets ours-in circumstances that are opaque to our understanding or that pose challenges, even threats, that makes us anxious.
Advent asks that we face whatever’s before us, and expect to see it as the birthplace of new opportunity coming soon-opportunity “just around the corner…waiting to change all the tenor of our lives.”
O God, save us from impatience. Deliver us from the edginess that jumps to conclusions about the future and misses signs of promise often amid whatever makes us doubtful or afraid. So may we await more openly the birth of new life in the spirit of Christ.