So, it’s hit me today that it’s only 25 days to Christmas. I don’t now how I managed to miss this fact. I live in a house that is really beautifully decorated for the season. Heck, John and I even trimmed the trees. I’ve been listening to Christmas music for the last week. Down town Waupaca looks like a fairy wonderland after dark, what with the lovely white lights and general sparkle. So, really, there is no good reason that today should be such a shocker. But, alas, it is.
I’ve started reading two books that have little spiritual readings and Bible verses to kind of train the mind on this season, which is, as any Catholic/Lutheran/Episcopalian knows, Advent. Not just the Christmas season, because technically, that starts AFTER Christmas. Anyway, Advent is all about waiting, and the wonder that it brings. We as modern believers know what we are waiting for. We’re waiting for the chosen day to Celebrate the birth of our Savior. We know what He was like. We, living after the fact, know what His ministry entailed. We know through the scriptures what His life and character was and remains to be to this day. We are truly blessed. Also, this makes the waiting process a lot easier. We know EXACTLY who we are waiting for.
But let’s think about the faithful Hebrew people of the time. They didn’t know exactly what they were waiting for.
The Old Testament speaks a LOT about what and Who the Savior would be. But, I don’t know, some how, He managed to sneak in. A child, born in poverty, in a food trough of all places. Doesn’t exactly scream Savior to the world at large. We await, knowing what we’re waiting for, but they waited WITHOUT knowing.
Waiting when you aren’t sure what you’re waiting for is really one of the most horrible things in the world. I know. I’ve done a lot of that the last few months. I waited to move to yet another place I’ve never been. We’re waiting to get jobs. We’re waiting to start looking for our own place. I’m waiting for a whole bunch of other things that I just don’t have the time or inclination to go into. But trust me, it ain’t fun. This is all waiting for things with unknown outcomes. Entirely a blah feeling.
So, just think how blessed we are to know EXACTLY what it is we are going to Celebrate? We know, or should be working on getting to know, EXACTLY who our Savior is. No matter your denomination, we all share pretty much the same idea of WHO Jesus is! Which is pretty exciting…to me, at least. So, count yourself blessed this Advent season, and indeed every season of the year, that you know exactly who the long awaited Savior is. And take some comfort while you’re facing the great unknown that our ancestors in faith too faced an even greater unknown, yet held strong to their faith.
May we be thankful and joyful this advent season, and take comfort in knowing that while it may seem that you’re the only person to have ever walked your path, others have walked it, and come through strong.
And on an only slightly related note, here is an article about St Nicholas. I don’t know about you, but I much prefer and old man who punches heretics to an old elf who breaks into your house at night…. 😉