Today’s Word: ‘MYSTERY’ as in… that which cannot be known is coming to be known and to make known the mystery of God’s amazing grace and awesome love!
I grew up in a faith community where “What to believe” and “How to talk about it” was communicated by well-meaning pastors, teachers, leaders, and youth trip volunteers. Between hayrides in the fall, sledding in the winter, prepping Easter morning breakfast (waffles and strawberries), and bike trips in the summer, we spent time trying to capture, categorize, and contain what was essentially, a mystery. Our leaders were careful, thorough, and well meaning; but they gave us what had first been given to them. The mysterious narrative they handed on to us was the remarkable narrative that had been handed off to them and others before them. Not much thinking was involved. We weren’t taught to ask questions, and we never questioned authority. We’d just been handed a list of theological essentials that would be turned into concepts that would, in turn, be turned into dogma which was then passed along from one generation to the next.
Advent is a season of waiting and preparing. The beauty of Advent is in the anticipation wonder, and mystery.
But it’s also a bit counterintuitive.
Though what we wait for is certainly mystery, it’s not just any mystery. We wait for The Mystery! God made flesh; God moving into our neighborhood!
We wait for that which cannot be fully known. What a mystery!
The ancient prophet Isaiah reminds us to this day that this Mystery, this One who promises to know us fully cannot be fully known. This One whose birth we await has already been born among us.
Isaiah recounts the words of Yahweh:
“So—who is like me? Who holds a candle to me?”
The Advent Mystery is that no one, nothing can hold a candle to The Mystery who comes as Light to illuminate the whole world! That which cannot be known is coming to be fully known and to make known the mystery of God’s amazing grace and awesome love!