Scripture: 2 Thess. 2: 1-12
Key verses: (1-2) As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here.
Reflection: Advent is filled with anticipation and for some that causes fear in itself. As we anticipate, we begin to let go of our need to control, plan and dictate every moment of our day. And maybe everyone else’s.
I sat next between two women from the church getting our hair done one Advent. The women on the right didn’t notice who was around her as she began telling us her plans with her family for Christmas Eve and all of Christmas day. She said that she demanded that everyone be at her house because it was tradition. Even with grandchildren getting married, their new brides would have to learn the traditions because Christmas was hers and hers alone. I had to pull her aside and let her know that on my other side was her grandson’s new mother-in-law who was also sharing about all of their traditions…also a church member.
Advent is more than just traditions. It is about anticipating what God will do in our lives and our world. In Advent, we have time to think, listen, dwell, wait and imagine what God’s vision might be for the world this year. It is time for us to prepare to receive the Christ child into our lives so that we can move into that vision, growing the kingdom of God. That might include some family meals along the way, it certainly will include some hospitality and a lot of compromise.
Prayer: Christ among us, heal our brokenness and bring us to wholeness, ease our pain, and bring us hope. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].