Sunday, November 29, 2009

Advent 1: A Hard and Haunting Season

It has begun.

The season of expectation.

The thing is, we think we know what we're waiting for.

I believe we are almost always wrong.

God's grace is more astounding, beautiful, hard and haunting than we expect.

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

~ Luke 21:25-28

Three years ago this song became forever associated, in my mind, with the early apocalpytic texts for Advent. I made it the basis for a sermon preached at our local, wonderful Metropolitan Community Church.

A blessed season to you all, my friends.

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