Embracing Advent

Advent-poinsettaNo doubt this has been one of the more unusual Christmases our family has experienced. We’ve lived with people at Christmas time before. Nothing new there. But I don’t think we’ve ever used Chris’ office for opening presents with family! We’re in a state of flux, finding our place.

Whether we recognize it or not, all of us deal with the temporary. We all face change. Advent is a cure for the insecurity that stalks us when we don’t know where we belong. Advent says, “you have a home. I brought it to you, it’s me.”

The twinkly days of anticipation are not immune to pain or loneliness. Today my mom and I had a heart to heart about cancer and it’s effects on our family. Maybe you are facing such things. Job loss, disappointment, a loved one’s absence, poor health, homesickness, these things make our hearts groan. Against the backdrop of sparkling trees, happy memories, and cheerful carols, hard times stand out harshly.

This Sunday we were reminded of the example of Simeon from Luke chapter 2. His devotion was to seeing his Savior. I have to ask, is mine? I like things to be just so. Can you relate? It’s easy to fall into the pattern of being devoted to my own security and comfort. But there is no glory there. 

I’m reminded by Simeon’s example that devotion to seeing Jesus bears fruit. If we seek expectantly, God does not disappoint. He will reveal his Son. Borrowed beds, sick mothers, financial strain; those are good alters on which to devote ourselves to the seeing of Jesus.

Jesus is not embarrassed of our lowly or needy positions. He joined us there when he put on skin and moved into the neighborhood. His advent brought home to us, because we could never have reached him on our own. Are you where I am? Feeling your humanness, weary of your limitations? Then embrace Jesus’ advent, find your home in him. He came near and stretched his righteousness, his glory, his very self out over humanity as a home, if we will come. Better than the best Hallmark movie ending, Jesus’ presence satisfies.

Let’s seek Jesus and embrace nearness to him as our ultimate comfort. We can truly “be home for Christmas” if we make our home in him.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” John 1:14

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