Archive | December 2008

Still to Come, Yet Already Here

Talk Given at Our Advent Mini Retreat, 2008

Advent Gathering Hymn:

Here in the world where darkness surrounds us,
We seek a sign that you are among us.
Where is the peace you promised the widow?
Where is the home you promised the orphan?
Where is the road you promised the exile?
Where is the good news preached to the lowly?
Where is the heart whose “yes” is salvation?
Where is the child whose life is our future?
Show us your face, O promise of dawn.
Show us your face, O Lord Jesus come.

Come, O hope of your people.
Come among us and stay.
Lead us in mercy up from the shadows,
Shine in our darkness, be here today.
Come, O hope of your people.
Come among us and stay.

Let’s take a moment to consider what we do every year at this time.  For one thing, we complain. We grouse about the fact that we’re “here in the world where darkness surrounds us.”  Now, it’s not as if we wring our hands every moment of every day.  After all, we’re quick to let God know that we think it’s wonderful to be alive.  We regularly thank God for our lives and the lives of those we love; and yet there’s something we call darkness – something that isn’t so wonderful and we let God know what we think about that as well.  We’re happy, and yet we’re not happy.   Read More…