Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord‘s hand
double for all her sins.
A voice cries:
In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Isaiah 40:1-3 (English Standard Version)
It’s not even a week into December and the Holiday consumerism is so overwhelming it makes one want to flee to some deserted island in the middle of nowhere. The “shop til you drop” mentality foisted on you is inescapable. Add on all the Holiday “specials” the media throws
up at us-on the small and big screen; and the emphasis on making merry can do a number on one’s spirit. It’s as if you start to wonder if Advent is still needed; or, is it passe? I mean, if you look at Christmas Season 2016, it appears that the news of the coming Christ is all but gone. It appears that Madison Avenue and Hollywood have steamrolled the Advent narratives with mass consumerism and its attendant ills. If you’re not fortunate to attend a body of believers, you may never hear the Advent story at all.
Do we still need Advent? Yes we do and more than ever! We need to be reminded of Christ’s coming-the light of God shining into a dark world. Like Israel of old, we need to know we’re comforted. So much strife and heartache is happening-within and without-needs to be at an end. We also need our iniquities pardoned as well by God. Advent reminds us of this good news and calls us to it. Advent also prepares the way of the Lord-not an interstate-but a way to us through the spiritual desert that confronts us.
Advent will be there for us, to remind us of the good news of the coming Christ. No amount of Holiday consumerism can stop Advent. No constant Holiday media bombardment can stop Advent either. Advent will burst through the Holiday shit as God’s highway to comfort us, to remind us of God’s forgiveness, and to end our warfare.
Yes, we still need Advent. Thank God for Advent.
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