“The reason I can continue watching and waiting, even as the world is shrouded in darkness, is because the things I long for are not rooted in wishful thinking or religious ritual but are as solid as a stone rolled away.” — Tish Harrison Warren, Prayer in the Night
Our hearts are being prepared for Advent.
December 2 is the first Sunday. You can follow along in daily Advent readings HERE.
I also have a separate Advent 2012 tab on this blog where I will post my Advent thoughts.
This is a season of longing. Our focus this year is the longing for Christ’s return. It’s the focus of Advent every year, but this will be more intentional in our ministry at Heights Church this year. We need the longing for home stirred within us. Advent is that special time where we can have that happen.
But we have to choose. We have to move past the hype of the season. We have to come aside with much more discipline. Our ears need to be opened.
The challenge we always have before us as believers is to follow the “church calendar” more than the civic calendar. Or, as I like to call it, we need to hear the rhythm of heaven more readily. For two thousand years the Church has had a steady base note. In the “cutting edge” circles of Pentecostals and Charismatics and other evangelical movements, we’ve ignored those rhythms.
But Pentecostals have a sense of the Second Coming. It may be skewed in some ways, but there is an overall sense of the need to be ready for the coming of Christ. We need that reminder… especially in the busyness of a season that tries to draw our attention to one of the huge gods in our culture: materialism.
We need this longing for home.
4 Make your ways known to me, Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth—teach it to me—
because you are the God who saves me.
I put my hope in you all day long. (Psalm 25:4-5, CEB)