I thoroughly enjoy the world of technology. It provides avenues to meet amazing people that would typically never cross your path. Recently, I met a woman named Melissa, who is doing a year of service in Chicago and who writes on a blog: Like Sunlight Burning at Midnight. She shared the reflection she wrote for the Amate House’s Advent Reflection Series on “Waiting in Hope”. POWERFUL!
Who could fathom the Christmas story? We’re talking about the God of the Universe here. We don’t expect a God who is born in a stable in the backwaters of Galilee. We don’t expect a God who takes on all humility and vulnerability as an infant, lying in a manger.
This unexpectedness teaches me something about God and about hope. Maybe what I define as “reality,” the picture of life that would lend me to despair, is not the end of the story, and even moreso, it’s not the entirety of the present story. Sometimes we miss the “God’s with us in this moment side of the story. The hope that comes from knowing that Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. God is the God of the unexpected. And so, I dare to listen to the Advent call and wait in joyful hope.
And that dare is a choice, a fight, to wait in joyful hope. We all have the things in our lives that try to steal our hope. To read the rest of this beautiful reflection on hope...
Thank you, Melissa, for your reminder that, “yes, life is a mess, but God’s in the middle of it”