Advent 2018

Advent is literally, “To Come,” in Latin, so to Christians it represents both the upcoming remembrance the of birth of Jesus (probably not in December, I know) and His second coming. Hence, he is coming and we are waiting (with anticipation).

One thing to consider in the narrative of Christ’s birth is that the Israelites were awaiting a savior, a messiah. They were awaiting a king to vanquish their enemies (including the Roman empire who had their boot on them at the time). Instead, He was born in a cave behind a hotel filled with livestock. I love the way Charles Wesley (brother of John Wesley,  the founder of Methodism) put it in his carol, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”:

Leaving riches without number, born within a cattle stall;
This the everlasting wonder, Christ was born the Lord of all.


I pulled out a great Lucinda Williams album, Essence, the other day and, while the title song is probably about romance or even drugs, she is “Waiting for your essence.” Waiting … advent. I am waiting for God’s essence in my car, at this bar, etc.


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