But Mary treasured up all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
~ Luke 2:19
Advent is anchored in the incarnation of God.
While for many of us, the past is something that we either embrace or try to forget. The more I encounter God's incarnation in Advent, the more I realize the importance of this appearance. We are resurrected people living beyond the tomb, however, the Gospel not only reminds us of what took place all those years ago, but also of what will take place in the future.
In the unexpectedness of Jesus first appearing among the people, as angels announced, and a star proclaimed, I hope that I can begin to understand of what it will be like when he once again returns. While I ponder, I can't help but realize that we have become the initial moments of his return, as we become the embodiment of Jesus among us.
By looking back, we can also look forward in expectation! We are both part of the memory of Jesus' life, death and resurrection, and the future of his return in fulfillment of his kingdom!
I try each day to remember the amazing acts of Jesus among God's people years ago, as I look to the acts of God's people today. Sometimes I am met with great joy, and other times, with disappointment. I am reminded that I am to look forward in confidence. We are to believe in God for greater things, and that because of Jesus' first coming, our anticipation for his return can be met with our own actions.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.