Advent Meditation by Sue Clark
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Search me O God and know my heart. Test me and know my (anxious) thoughts.
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We are living in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty. The very economic and social fabric of our life is being shaken. Many of us are gripped by anxieties and fears.
Advent is the season of anticipation and hope. While many of us, me included, are worried about how to fulfill everyone’s expectations of Christmas we forget about the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas is possibility in the midst of impossibility. Christmas is Hope that can be held in a mother’s arms – a hope that springs from an impossible beginning – a manger. This possibility is symbolized by the birth of a helpless infant, whose name is Emmanuel – “God is with us”. We wait for the One who will forever change the world and humanity forever.
The truth is this: that God knows us and all our thoughts. But for now we wait. We live in hope knowing that God is coming anew to be with us. That is meaning of Advent.