Today’s Word: ‘Wonder’ as in… there is plenty of wonder in this first Thursday of Advent!
Advent is a season of wonder! And as these early Advent days unfold, we wonder about a lot of things. We wonder about friends coming and going, about decorations and recipes, school and work schedules, weather and travel plans, money, spending and being responsible with resources. We wonder about so much. But the season of Advent, it seems to me, isn’t so much about finding answers to questions about things that are measurable by time and space, and money.
The season of Advent is more about the things that we can’t measure, the things that we can’t quite put our fingers on, the things that we can’t control like we tend to control everything else.
In this wonderful season of waiting and preparation, we may wonder about the age-old Birth Story and what it can reveal in a new way this time around. With lights and decorations, we can wonder about how the story began with a Great Light leading the way to our stable. As we sing old familiar carols and gather with friends and family, we can wonder about the new songs that we’ll soon be singing and the new friends we’ll soon be welcoming into those new songs.
The wonder of Advent is more about living with the questions than having all of the answers.
The wonder of Advent is more about looking boldly into the days ahead than squinting back into the past.
The wonder of Advent is more about living with a sense of anticipation and wonder.
Luke reminds us today that “There will be signs in the sun, the moon and the stars … now when these things take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:25a, 28)
So, a question for you: What part of the wonder is most captivating for you? How are preparing for the wonder of this Advent? What do you most fear about this season and what brings you the most joy?