Today’s Word: ‘STORIES’ as in… “Once Upon a Time” kinds of stories.
Advent is a season for telling stories. The stories we tell one another often have connections to the people in our lives. We tell stories about the last time we did this, the first time we ate that, the last time we went there, the first the saw those things. We tell stories about our plans to travel to see loved ones and the holiday meals we want to prepare together. We tell stories about the reunions we hope to celebrate, the restaurants we’ll visit, the plays we’ll see, and the concerts we’ll hear. These are all stories that in some way bring people together; they bind us together, they enrich our hearts and lives.
But there are other stories, too; stories we don’t care much to tell.
These are stories that we could only hope would be literally just “once” upon a time stories.
We have stories of grief and loss, loneliness and anxiety, job loss, struggles with addiction, depression and anxiety. All of these stories weave together to tell the honest story of our lives in this time, at all times, in any time.
But Advent is the season that reminds us that all of these stories are part of another story: a story of promise, hope, peace, love and joy. This is the season to tell the stories of hope; not just hope for the whole creation, but hope for our own lives! This is the season to tell the stories of peace; not just for peace on earth, but for peace in our own lives today! This is the season to tell the stories of love; not just high-level love for the entire human community, but for love in our own lives! This is the season to tell the stories of joy; not just joy to the world, but also joy to this moment, this day, our lives and all lives everywhere!
This is the Advent story that we can tell together: “Once upon a time…” and again, and again and again!