Daily Dose, Nov. 27: Advent

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)   Happy Thanksgiving! And now it’s over. And now it’s on to the next thing. So Merry Christmas! And if we’re not careful, it will be over. And it will be on the next thing. And so on, and so on. In the world I live in, the season we enter now is called “Advent.” It’s an interesting time. It’s a time that contains a tension between expectation and fulfillment. It’s a time when we consider again that the Kingdom of God HAS come, but it also hasn’t yet come fully. One official definition has this: “Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning ‘coming’.” Christ is coming. Again. To save us all from ourselves and our sins. He’s coming. Wait for it…wait for it… Have you ever spent the night in a cave? It’s a pretty unique experience. Part of what it makes you appreciate is just how much light is present in our homes after the sun goes down. Even when the lights are all turned out in our bedrooms, there’s usually some light from clocks, streetlights and other things. In the cave, I remember waking up, waving my hand right in front of my face, and only being able to “see” inky darkness. It was very unsettling. When the time came to wake up, I found myself craving light. Some light. ANY light. Something to dispel the darkness. During this season, we focus on the fact that Jesus -- creator of light -- stepped down into our darkness. Appearing in the flesh for all of us who can sometimes only “see” inky darkness. Hallelujah, light has come! Wait for it…wait for it… -- Rev. Brad Greene