The Advent season is always pregnant with possibilities.
A subconscious knowing resides deep within gnawing, in an awakening way, opening eyes and heart to a truer reality available only to those who seek it.
There is so much more to life…there is a deeper peace… a greater capacity to love…an irremovable anchor of hope.
Imagine feeling an inescapable smile, an unexplained joy resonating deep within, and a sliver of grace that pierces your soul for no apparent reason.
These are around and available all the time, yet we rush around with Black Friday hearts and choose to settle for far less than God graced our planet with and offers through benefits of the Incarnation.
I like what Thomas Kelly, a 20th century Quaker wrote:
“Over the margins of life comes a whisper, a faint call, a premonition of richer living which we know we are passing by. We have hints that there is a way of life vastly richer and deeper than all this hurried existence, a life of unhurried serenity and peace and power. If only we could slip over into that Center! If only we could find the Silence which is the source of sound!” ~Thomas Kelly
The following line of Kelly’s causes me to pause, “We have hints that there is a way of life vastly richer and deeper than all this hurried existence, a life of unhurried serenity and peace and power.” Ah…he is onto something here.
This is not a pipe-dream for God lovers and seekers, rather it is available, right now right where you are. No matter what stress, struggle, hurt or habit has you submerged, Advent shouts God came to earth…God came and infused His divinity with humanity…Jesus, then is the definition of who God is…Jesus came to rescue, not condemn, and He offers everyone a better hope of drawing near to God.
Advent also reminds us of longing…the longing for Messiah to come…
The longing for God to show up…
The longing for help beyond our capabilities…
The longing to know that we all matter, and that God cares and is involved…
The longing for the better hope of God’s presence,
May you slip over today into that center and find the silence which is the source of the sounds of life.