Wonderful time? Who says?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
Who says that? Who thinks that?
The shopping malls and the spinning DJs and the airport terminals?
Like we aren’t terminal
Like we don’t love people who are dying
Like hibernating hate didn’t wake up when we were half asleep
Like all the little children in the world are going to join hands and sing
Like hurricanes do no harm.
Like we aren’t afraid.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
The 24-hour cycle of cynicism on CNN…or Fox…or CNBC?
The FB posts and the Twitter feeds of people who have forgotten how to talk to people?
Whatever you are thirsty for, there is water in the waiting
If you are hungry, there is food for you here.
For our God is in it.
Our God is in it all.
And the celebration of the coming of the Christ (who is God with us) is nothing but joy
Take that, hopelessness!
Take that, apathy!
Take that, injustice!
Advent is a defiant stand against a world that claims we are lost
A world that claims that all is lost
Advent calls us to go out with joy and be led forth in peace.
Let’s do it.
Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.