Thursday, December 5, 2013
Advent for many means waiting and hoping to welcome the Christ who brings deliverance
by Sophia Agtarap
Those familiar with the church's liturgical calendar know that this season we are in called Advent, is a period of waiting and preparation. We prepare our homes and our places of worship to welcome the Christ-child. But what do Christmas lights, tinsel-adorned trees and lawn ornaments have to do with preparing our lives for hope to be born in the form of a baby? With preparing our lives for the Christ who will come again to usher in a time of justice and righteousness and God's shalom?
Though popular culture has taught us that Christmas is a time of celebration and light [which it is], it's also a time that begs for introspection and the realization that we are still waiting in hope for the time when "Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." [Luke 3:4-6]