Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday in Advent 1: Lo he comes

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. (Hymnal 1982 #66)

[This Advent I am going to reflect most days on my favorite part of the season:  the music.  Advent hymns are plenty. In the Hymnal 1982 alone there are 24,and for only a four week season!]

Advent begins with talk of Jesus' second coming, judg
ment, and the vision of the reign of God in justice and in peace.  After 2,000 years, one might think that the promise of Jesus' return might have worn thin, and perhaps it has for some, or even many.  But, as in many things in life, it may be more about the journey than the destination.  And maybe that is why we keep singing these songs.  They are songs of longing and expectation, the deep desire for the Dream of God.  It is the longing that matters, to be free and at peace.  Advent reminds us of this longing, invites us to revive it.  It seeks also to stir us up into action, action that brings freedom from fear and sin, and the peace of which  the angels sang in Bethlehem.

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