“From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. . .Now consider, we are all your people.” Isaiah 64:4,9b
Advent is the season of waiting and expectation. We celebrate his first coming and yet we wait for his second coming. Really, Advent is where we live our everyday lives! Life is full of waiting for something better to come along, and celebrating what we already have.
Certainly, Covid-19 has forced many of us into seasons of waiting. We wait for new job opportunities, grief to pass, loved ones to heal, just for life to get better somehow.
Isaiah knows about waiting and calls to God, “Oh that you would rip open the heavens and descend”! I can identify with this longing for all things to be made right – yesterday already! Isaiah even goes so far as to blame God. God, you haven’t shown up and look at the mess!
All this pleading from Isaiah implicitly says something else – something amazing. Isaiah has hope that God will come down and act for the good of all the people. And this is the undeniable hope of the Advent season, that we hold each day in the heart of our everyday lives: God has come, God is here, and God will come again.
God of Hope, Enter here! Come to our homes, our lives, our everyday hearts and transform us, we pray. Help us brush away the cobwebs of past seasons and enter into the light of hope. AMEN
This is the first in our Advent series. We posted it live last year and the complete Advent series is for sale as a digital download in our web store this year. Click here to purchase the complete series today. We are excited to share these reflections and practices with each of you.