December = Expectation
For many of my blog posts, I have chosen to keep my Christian faith in the background and to write in a way that might be shared by a wide range of readers, including those who are other than Christian.
With this particular topic, during the Christian season of Advent, I am unable to write without stating a point of view.
We all have expectations, some positive, some less so. And, to be in American culture, during the month of December, our commercial and sometimes familial experience of the Christmas Season is one of expectations both high and low, and quite often broken expectations. It can be a painful season for many.
As a Christian, the Advent Season provides a voice to personal and collective longing in the darkness of Winter that draws us toward a manger, and to an infant, who was named Jesus. His light, shining in the darkness draws us to him in wonder, hope and love. During this season, I join with others both in both praying and preparing. I desire that my heart may be ready to receive him more deeply. That is my both my expectation, and my hope, in this present time.
“Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.”
Words: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)