Sunday, December 3, 2017
We wake to the first day of Advent shrouded in fog. It seems appropriate as we enter this time of waiting - of anticipation and of mystery. In just a few short weeks the answer to the "who and where and when and how and why" will be answered in the form of a tiny baby.
Mystery forms the backdrop to the Christmas Story. The plan formed in the heart of God before the beginning of time is finally revealed - all the "pieces" falling into place. A small village; a young virgin; a suffering Jewish population; a Savior.
There is a further mystery - hidden for a season, revealed by the Holy Spirit through Paul. It comes to those of us not numbered among the Jews - to the Gentiles. We who may have felt excluded from the glorious plan, lovingly grafted in:
Ephesian 3: 3-7
On this first day of Advent, we step into the mystery with wonder and gratitude to a God who loves every one of us with an all-encompassing, everlasting, beautiful love.