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Advent Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Advent Got Run Over by a Reindeer
11/21/2016 No comments Carrie Sallwasser

‘Advent got run over by a reindeer,
Leaving credit card imprints in the snow,
Most folks don’t know Advent got forgotten,
But as for me and Jesus, we both know.’

Poor Advent. So many folks completely ignore it. Hallmark stores start putting up ornament displays in July. I was at the doctor’s office the week before Halloween, and there was a tree in the lobby. Thanksgiving has given way to the frenzy of sales, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday completing the shopping trinity.

We live in a very impatient society. Instant digital pictures on our phones, Google supplying answers to every question. Drive-through food, laundry and, yes, even funeral parlors. The one thing we can’t rush (as much as we might like to) is God. If we take a moment and reflect upon how God has expressed God’s self in creation, we see how nature progresses. The slow lengthening of day, the budding of plants and vegetation, the newborn animals; all needing time to come to maturation.

Surely, humanity longed for salvation now. Adam and Eve, must have hoped that their children and grandchildren would be redeemed and welcomed back into the Garden. Abraham and Sarah longed for salvation at the end of their journey. Moses led his people to a land of promise, while Miriam danced and prayed for an end to all slavery. David built his kingdom on the back of the messianic promise. The prophets reminded the people of the promise, all praying for its fulfillment in their time. Centuries of waiting.

And Mary and Joseph waited for the birth of their son. What questions and hopes must have been dancing in their heads, keeping them from sleeping and sending them into daydreams. Nine months of waiting.

And we, too, wait. We want to celebrate the reality of the fulfillment of those long-ago divine promises. We wait for Jesus to return. And our waiting must be active as we prepare ourselves for the recall of the past and the hope of the future. That active waiting is Advent.

We can give our souls a deep cleaning, not just our homes. We can provide not just treats for meals and parties, but physical and spiritual banquets for those in need. Not only do we mail cards, photos and family updates, but we talk to our Father in prayer. We bring gifts, not only for family and friends, but the gift of our very self to the Lord.

We can let Rudolph and his friends have their night, as we reclaim the weeks of waiting and welcoming of Jesus, son of God and second person of the Holy Trinity, into our hearts and lives.

Carrie Sallwasser
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