Advent Arrives!

Pastor Will Healy

Will Healy

When I think of the word, “advent,” I sometimes think of the word “adventure.”  An advent always has a sense of adventure to it.  The Greek word–which means, in English, to “come”–is also translated “advent”–a word that shows up 1,462 times in the Bible.  God is coming, Scripture tells us, and we’re saying, “C’mon, God—we’re ready!”  Advent’s like the hush in a theatre just before the curtain rises (“C’mon already–let the show begin!”); it’s like that hazy ring ‘round the winter moon that means the coming of snow that’s going to turn the night into silver (“C’mon—we’re ready!”).  Advent means coming, and the promise of what’s coming is unimaginable–it’s the invasion of holiness into to this less-than-holy world–that’s what we’re waiting for…

It’s “coming,” and it’s “waiting,” Advent is…  You remember that Dr. Suess’ book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”—the part where he talks about “the waiting place”?

(It’s) for people just waiting… 

waiting for a train to go or a bus to come,

or a plane to go or the mail to come,

or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow

or waiting around for a Yes or No…

That’s Advent, too—finding ourselves in the waiting place…

You see, when it’s Advent, it’s almost like we’re pregnant (I know, guys aren’t supposed to suggest that possibility about ourselves)—but it’s like we’re pregnant, and waiting, longing for God to be born, and the waiting is really hard.  It’s how our whole life is spent, one way or another, in waiting.  We call “Information” looking for a number and get put on hold, our waiting filled with this thin, irritating music.  Or our order hasn’t come yet, or the elevator must be stuck, or our spouse is late.  Will the snow ever melt, the rain ever stop, the paint ever dry?  Will anyone ever understand?  Will I ever change?  That’s Advent…

I hope you’ll plan to join us in worship at Emmaus over these next four Sundays, the time when we wait for the God who has promised to come.

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