Venue: Fellowship Hall
The English word "advent" originally came from the Latin word "adventus", which means "coming". While there is no biblical mandate to observe Advent, many churches, Christian families, and followers of Jesus continue to follow this tradition. They find this annual season of patient waiting, soul-searching, and hopeful expectation for the second coming of Jesus to be a time of spiritual refreshment.
The waiting of Advent can be fun, as we open yet another calendar door to find a piece of chocolate inside. The countdown is finite. There's an end in sight. But this waiting period can also bring the desires of our hearts sharply into focus.
Maybe you've been longing for your season of singleness to finally end. Or maybe you have family members whom you live away from, and you're hoping that this Christmas will finally be the one that reunites everyone. While many feel-good Christmas movies and TV shows end with a happy reconciliation, with hot cocoa and presents around the Christmas tree for everyone, reality doesn't often end up that way. Oftentimes we're disappointed, lonely, and sad. We await the longings of our hearts that aren't always fulfilled.
Before we decide to spend by ourselves a "lonely Christmas", let the deep cries and laments of our hearts point us back towards Jesus. Let us remember that these yearnings and this discontentment within us serve only to remind us of our waiting for a time of rejoicing. Like the Israelites of days past, where the people groaned and cried out for the first coming of Christ, let us acknowledge our righteous discontentment with this fallen world full of brokenness, sin, and suffering around us, and lift up our holy cries of lament in joining the refrain for Jesus' second coming.
So let us wait, not with impatience or frustration, but with joyfulness within our sufferings, with acknowledgment and confidence. A time is coming where every tear will be wiped from our eyes, where there will be no more death or mourning or pain, as the old order of things has passed away.
As the body of Christ, let's come together at KFCi to celebrate this coming of Christmas, to fortify our confidence in the promises of our God and His faithfulness to these promises past!