Yet another year of expressing our expectation and hope for Jesus’ return does not lead to some sort of disappointment when we consider all those years past when he has not returned. Rather as we are informed by life on earth as another year goes by we are further convicted about the need for his return as the only hope we have.
From Winn Collier:
We return again to this story, enacting once more the long, hope-filled narrative–not because we have certainty that this Advent (or any hour before we breathe our last) will finally make all the promises come true. We do not embrace Advent as a kind of elaborate denial, a way to play-act that the harshness or sorrow are not so bad as we’ve feared.
Just the opposite: we return to Advent again because of exactly this problem, an inescapable predicament as old as humanity. No matter how hard we try, no matter how ingenious our leaders, no matter our advancements, no matter our triumphs, no matter our very best intentions–we cannot ever, ever undo all the harm we repeatedly do to one another, all the pain we have set loose in our world.
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