HOPE. PEACE. JOY. LOVE.
Monday, December 1
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. - John 1:1
The season of Advent brings both hope and joy. We see it in children as they make preparations in advance of Christmas. I remember when I was much younger, doing most of my preparation by studying the Sears catalog, looking for the toys that I imagined would bring me joy. Counting down the days to December 25 was a pretty selfish exercise. Hope was defined as getting what I wished for. As in later years I saw it in my children. The activities seemed mostly the same, except there were more catalogs and the hopes involved bigger expectations. The use of the Advent calendar was a nod toward Jesus' birth, but really, it was a countdown to the joy of the day that presents were opened.
As an adult the hope and joy of Advent has a much different meaning for me. My college major was English and the study and understanding of the power of words and language has special meaning for me. There are many powerful words in the New Testament, and in my mind, among the most powerful expressions are the words of the first chapter of the Gospel of John, specifically the words of the first fifteen verses. The inspired words:
"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God...";
"The true light that gives light to every man was coming...";
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us... ."
The Word, Jesus, is the Ultimate Gift. The Word was there in the beginning. The eternal nature of the Ultimate Gift is our high joy and our great hope. The Advent season is not about the things we hoped for as children, but is about the Ultimate Gift offered to all of us.
Holy God, thank you for revealing yourself to us through Jesus Christ and use this Advent time to strengthen our bonds to You through Him. Amen