in defiance of tyranny


This week, you will be tempted.
You will want to give in, give up, give out.
You will endure one of the most intense situations you will ever encounter in this life.
The very fiber of your being will be tried in a Jack Bauer-esque struggle of epic proportions.
This week, you will be tempted to give in to . . . Christmas.

The day after Thanksgiving, your fingers will twitch, your ears will roar, your legs will become unsteady as you move slowly towards the attic, drawn inexplicably to the Christmas decorations stored there, sultry sirens calling your name, begging you to skip right over Advent and dive headlong into Christmas.
This week, though, you get to fight. You get to do battle with the world’s mad dash to Christmas. You get to engage in hand-to-hand combat with consumerism, mommy bloggers’ Christmas projects, and Pinterest boards of Christmasy goodness.
Instead, you get to confess Christ boldly. You get to wait. You even get to work yourself into an Advent frenzy with William Wallace-like bravado. FREEDOMMMMMMMMM!
Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our (Advent) freedom!
Ok. Well. Still.
This week, you get to reclaim what is yours: the season of Advent, the Advent wreath, the waiting, the anticipation, the measured pace through the next few weeks, the looking forward.
We Lutherans ought to be good at Advent. {Heck, we’re the ones who created the Advent wreath, after all.} We don’t move quickly. We’re often quietistic. We don’t like to make up our minds too quickly.

And so, this year, let’s play to our theological strengths. Let’s wait. Let’s not be rushed. Let’s take our time. Let’s be slow and deliberate. 
Like salmon swimming against the culture’s current, let’s measure our pace, take a deep breath, and focus on waiting for our Lord.
The anticipation of Christmas is a picture of the Church’s faithful waiting for our Lord’s coming again. “This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven,” angels tell the disciples on the Mount of Ascension, “will come in the same way you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11), namely, openly, for all to see. Ever since, God’s people have been “on the lookout.” We “look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come,” all of which will take place when “He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead” (Nicene Creed). {Read the full article by the Rev. Dr. Herbert Mueller here.}
Let’s not tick off the days in exasperation, anxious to get to presents. Let’s go in our own way: Sundays in Advent, candles in purple and rose, days, weeks, time.
Let’s look to Christ, who is never rushed, never impatient. Let’s wait with the whole Church on earth, methodically and with grace. Let’s pray the O Antiphons. Let’s sing Advent hymns. Let’s look forward joyfully.
Advent is not pre-Christmas. It is not a series of mini-celebrations of Christ’s birth. But Advent is a season of hope, a season rooted in waiting for the arrival of Christ’s mercy. . . . Advent is always there to build you up by showing you the love of the Savior for whom you wait. {Read the full article by the Rev. Hans Fiene here.}
This week, eat turkey. Gorge yourself on mashed potatoes. Give thanks for our Lord’s love and mercy shown at your table on Thanksgiving and at His each Sunday. And then sit back in your recliner. Breathe. 
And like Mary, ponder it all in your heart: Christ’s second coming, His forgiveness for you, and Christ Himself, whose timing–slow and measured–is always, always perfect.

5 comments:

  1. Yes, and yes.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Replies
    1. Also, the links take me to the main archive page (boo) but those are some darn good quotes you posted. Why can't more people understand and appreciate Advent?!

      Delete
  3. Khi nhắc đến chùa Hà Cầu Giấy mọi người đều nghĩ đến ngay là một ngôi chùa nổi tiếng nhất đất Hà Nội Đi chùa Hà cầu duyên như thế nào. Bạn nên tỏ ra là một người đàn ông ga lăng và mạnh mẽ trong mọi lĩnh vực. Thường xuyên trò chuyện và tâm sự với cô ấy những lúc cô ấy cần. Bạn hãy cố gắng lắng nghe những điều cô ấy chia sẽ, để có thể cảm thông và cùng chia sẽ những câu chuyện của cô ấy Bí quyết tán gái đã có người yêu hiệu quả. Trên thực tế, vẫn chưa có sự chứng minh nào có thể cho rằng rắn lục đuôi đỏ ngâm rượu có thể chữa được nhiều căn bệnh trong đó có bệnh ung thư Rắn lục đuôi đỏ trị bệnh.
    Aliexpress là một kênh của sắm tại Trung Quốc tuy nhiên lại không bán cho thị trường nội địa Trung Quốc mà chỉ bán cho những khách hàng thuộc các quốc gia khác Hàng trên Aliexpress có tốt không. Thông thường, những phụ nữ có chu kì kinh nguyệt đều đặn thì thời gian rụng trứng sẽ luôn là trước ngày 14 của chu kỳ Các phương pháp tính ngày rụng trứng cực chuẩn xác. Nước đậu đen rang là một trong những loại nước giúp thanh nhiệt rất hiệu quả, vào những trời nắng nóng, bạn nên dành cho mình những cốc nước đậu đen hoặc đậu xanh sẽ giúp bạn hạ nhiệt rất hiệu quả Nước đậu đen rang có tác dụng gì

    ReplyDelete

Blogging tips