In the book of Revelation, Jesus says to us:
“Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.” -Revelation 3:20 (NRSV)
The NKJV says that first part this way, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.”
Jesus is right there, right outside the door to our heart, standing, knocking, waiting for us to welcome him in.
Advent is about waiting … expectant waiting, believing that at any moment, Jesus Christ will cross the threshold of our lives, answering the deepest longings of our hearts.
But it’s tough to wait, and now we have to wait again for in person worship. Though we know it is the right thing to do to keep everyone safe, it’s not what we want. We long to see the Christmas lights, the beauty of our sanctuary, the smiles on our faces. We wish to hear the voices of carols, the laughter of friends, the wonder of children. And we long to give that embrace of love, that hug of friendship, that handshake of fellowship. How long must we wait?
A little longer and then this pandemic will be behind us. But in the mean time …
Jesus is at the door, and you can let him anytime you want.
Blessings and Peace,
Worship this Sunday
Advent is a season of waiting, but is idle waiting what God wants of us? In preparation for the coming Messiah, we wonder together—what things can’t wait? What demands our immediate attention? What requires our work and preparation? What is it that God can’t wait for? Is it our praise, reconciliation, and proclamation? Is it the end of suffering, isolation, and fear? This Advent, we invite you to join us in imagining, prioritizing, and preparing. As we wait, what can’t?
For the Second Sunday of Advent, we will look at Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12, “Repentance Can’t Wait, Peace Can’t Wait.” Isaiah points to a peace this world has yet to know—peace where the wolf lies with the lamb and a child shall lead us. John the Baptist invites us to believe in this vision of peace, but first, we must repent of the ways we turn away from God and do harm to others and ourselves. Only through honest confession can we seek reconciliation and become vessels of God’s peace, facilitators of the Kingdom of God drawn near.