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Redemption is Drawing Near

Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near….So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near….Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man. Luke 21:27, 31, 36

Advent is a time of thinking about the coming of the Christ-child as the Messiah, the long-expected redeemer promised by God. It is also a time of looking within oneself to address the places where Christ-like attitudes and actions are missing. But in another way, Advent is a time of anticipating the reign of God both in the here and now and in the future. It is a time of waiting and being alert to what God is doing in our midst.
Let us watch and listen carefully for all that is worthwhile that God has prepared for us.

Where do I spend time waiting? Do I wait with anxiety, resignation, anger, fear or anticipation? How am I going to wait during Advent? Am I going to relax and enjoy the season, or am I going to be in a frenzy? Waiting for the coming of Jesus must be done with trust, anticipation and openness to God within ourselves and others. Will God find a special place and an expectant attitude in my heart this Advent?

Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

Charles Wesley

Lord, we are waiting for your coming. Our world appears dark, but we know you bring us light. For the fractures and broken parts of our lives, we know you bring healing and reconciliation. Our nation appears to be floundering, looking for direction, but we know you bring wisdom, equity, and justice. Remind us that you Spirit opens wide not only doors, but also hearts and minds. God, you are in our midst. We will be alert and watchful as we wait for God’s promised redemption. Amen

 

Joyce D. Sohl, Laywoman-in-Residence

 

 

 

Joyce D. Sohl has been Laywoman-in-Residence since 2009 as a full-time volunteer. She retired as CEO of United Methodist Women in 2004. She is the author of 4 books, a teacher, retreat leader, writer and non-professional musician. Here at the Center her work is in the area of Spirituality & the Arts with such programs as Tuesdays in the Chapel, Vespers & All That Jazz, Poet’s Corner, quarterly retreats, and art exhibits.