the best is yet to come…
Reflective Sermon for Advent Sunday 2012
written reflecting on the last ten days, and the hope, the hurt, the brokenness, the potential the promises the waiting and the ” best” that is yet to be
The human spirit is not good at waiting, somehow built into our DNA and psyche is a need, a desire to know now, to have results, answers and have them now.
We’re not good waiting for news, for events, for presents
for results, for people,
and yet the reality is we are living the season of waiting…
The Jewish people had been waiting
waiting for years, in good times & bad, in exile and at home, In famine and in plenty
Waiting for the fulfilment of the promise that God had made to Abraham, to Noah, to David,
waiting for the words of the prophets to become real
waiting for the intervention of their God
the start of something better.
Looking back now at their story, we can see Gods intervention
we can see God’s hand at work.
with Noah he rescued humanity from the flood, he kept his promise of life
to Abraham he gave a son, as promised, in his old age and then provided a ram, in place of his son Isaac when he tested him
In Moses he liberated his people from slavery and brought them into a new place of freedom
in David he brought redemption out of sin & brokenness and rebuikt an earthly Kingdom to forshadow the heavenly one
Nehemiah rebuilt the city after the exile
Mary accepted a waiting assignment, expectation of the greatest sort
John the Baptist prepared the path for his Son, the chosen one.
In all of this history God had been working
making and keeping promises
maybe at the time they were unseen, these answers, these kept promises
maybe the waiting passed people by?
Sometimes it’s hard to see the hope,
the small answers, the glimpses of light… sometimes it’s only when we look back that we see how much we are encouraged and answered at every turn.
In the midst of brokenness and darkness it can be almost impossible to see the light of God
But the message of Advent is about hope
its about seeing the light, though the dark & the gloom
But it’s also about waiting,
though we can see and understand the hope,
it is both now and not yet, We live today in the reality of the promise of the resurrected Christ, but we live that within a world which is still in darkness
We can live the resurrection life now but we wait still
we wait for heaven & earth, to be made new
Advent is about waiting
Life is about waiting
but as we wait, we must not lose sight of what we can learn, why we wait
It’s been said that the meaning is in the waiting.
if we had everything now, we’d not understand or appreciate how much we had.
waiting intensifies the experience,
it makes us understand what it is we have, what we know
so we learn through our waiting
but we know as we wait that there are glimmers of the hope for which we wait,
sometimes much more than glimmers, causes for celebrations, joy and times when life is very good.
All is to come, but so much is here already.
Let us not lose sight of either truth as we live this advent season, both these four weeks as we wait for Christmas, and this time in which we live, as we wait for the promises of God to be fully fulfilled