Happy New Year!
You might think I am a little early, but this morning is the beginning of Advent and another church year.
Advent is a season of paradox, but our human experience and Lutheran theology is rooted in and filled with paradox. Advent, similar to our scriptures this morning, is a time of anticipation and waiting, but also awakening and preparing.
We are preparing for Christ to come and enter into our hearts, lives, and world. We are preparing for Christ to enter in as the baby born in the manger on Christmas morning AND the Second-Coming at the end of days.
We begin Advent with a focus on that Second-Coming.
Our text alludes to the unexpected hour, but most of our images are derived from the Revelation of John (aka Revelation). We know it is proceeded by continually increasing trials and tribulations, natural disasters, and evil human and non-human forces gaining power, authority, and control of the entire creation.
It is a time that I pray to never witness.
Yet, the Revelation of John is intended to be a book of hope. Read the rest of this entry »