Advent Invites Wonder 

December 2, 2015

The season of Advent invites wonder. For many, wonder is an old childhood friend, perhaps a companion with whom we should reconcile. It is marveling at some beautiful thing of which we’ve taken time to notice, experiencing awe again. It is admiring a person, unfamiliar perhaps, and noting small details that become so lovely through our observation. Wonder is the surprise in finding tender flowers growing from a jagged crack in concrete, and the unexpected kind word after a hard day. Wonder and amazement allows us to rely less on our cognitive prowess, and more on trusting God. Wonder makes us more human.

Many times, even as people of faith, we relish the ability to have everything figured out, to have all the answers immediately available to us. Moreover, when things are most difficult, we may even rely on our default ways of being that may not be as compassionate, as trusting, or as patient as our best selves. However, the place of wonder invites us to a new way of being. It welcomes us to stand still and wait, to believe that good things are coming our way, even when the conditions say otherwise. It is in this place we can be transformed.

These are long, dark nights, and we are encountering dark days.  Many are lonely, heartbroken and mourning, challenged with many circumstances at this time of the year. Yet, when you are most burdened, turn to wonder. When things happen that you don’t understand, allow quick judgment to dissipate like salt in a glass of water. Be still, and instead, become intrigued, for walking through the darkness in fear can tell you things that are simply not true! Imagine the best about others and about yourself. Set your sights and believe that all will be well.  Allow wonder to propel you through this season.

One of the ways that Plymouth will live into this season of wonder is to serve Communion this Sunday by passing the elements among the congregation. This is a meaningful way to make tangible the One for whom we long—Jesus, Immanuel, God with us. We do not always have to come to the table. Often, the table comes to us and ensures that we are known, heard, and loved. Serving in this way makes manifest that we truly are not alone, and that God in Jesus is with us, indeed. 

This week, I invite you to be still, and know that God is God.  Be still, beloved, and allow your spirit to delight in wonder.   —Kelle Brown



Topics: Advent, Church Life

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