Our Light Has Come . . . .We Await God’s Inbreaking into the World
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. (Isaiah 60:1)
I love these ancient words spoken through the prophet Isaiah. Our light has come and we are called upon to arise and shine. What are we to make of this scripture in the midst of the Advent season? Advent is a season of waiting in hopeful expectation. We remember that the light has already come to us in the first coming of Christ, but that we wait in hopeful expectation of Gods’ inbreaking kingdom when Christ will come again. We hold those two things together—the Christ child born in the manger all those year ago and awaiting the time when the lion and lamb shall dwell in peace.
Waiting is hard especially in our instantaneous culture. I often feel put out when I don’t get an email or text back immediately! Our waiting during the season of Advent is about something more deeper and richer. We don’t wait for the sake of waiting but we wait in hopeful expectation. We await God’s inbreaking into the world. We wait upon the peace, the shalom, that passes all understanding.
I pray as we wait and as we watch for how God is breaking into the world in new and unexpecting ways, that we will be reminded of how God broke into the lives of two unwed teenagers to tell them that Mary would bear the Savior of not only Israel but the Savior of the world! And what was Mary’s response? Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word. (Luke 1:38) May our response be that of Mary’s this Advent and Christmas season!
Mark and I would like to wish you and yours a most blessed and joyous Christmas! May your homes and celebrations be filled with the joy, hope, peace and love of our Lord and Savior! Thank you for all that you have done for us and for your continued support! We cannot express what it means to us! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Grace and peace,