“Celebrating Advent means being able to wait” Isn’t it interesting to find that Dietrich Bonhoefffer felt that the world, that was embroiled in war, was moving too fast! In the 1930’s and 40’s, the world was changing at a record pace. I wonder what he would think of our world today in comparison. With our daily use of cell phones, internet, apps and microwaves – the pace of modern life in America is Crazy Busy! Yet, Advent bids us to intentionally wait, and to look up! Bonhoeffer in his letter to his fiancee Maria von Wedemeyer writes,
“God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No evil can befall us; whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed as love and rules the world and our lives”
As we learn with each passing day to wait in this season of Advent, that the kingdom is already here, but not yet fully realized (the already and not yet) may we grow deeper in our knowledge and love of the Lord Jesus Christ, and reach out to those who don’t yet know him in acts of friendship! For the greatest, most profound, tenderest things in the world, we must wait. It happens not here in a storm but according to the divine laws of sprouting, growing, and becoming (p.4 God is in the Manger).