Leah Farmer

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Advent 2016: Anticipation

Readings: Luke 1:46b-55; Isaiah 33:17-22; Revelation 22:6-8, 18-20

Okay…so…today Putin and The Orange One decided that for Christmas they would give the world a conversation about nuclear weapons. As in “Merry fucking Christmas world…we are going to have another nuclear arms race. Suckers!”

Everything in me wants to scream about this. I said over and over “This is not the person we want looking Putin in the eyes when it all goes to shit.” And yet…here we are.

He has brought down princes from their thrones
and exalted the humble. (Luke 1: 52)

But here’s what I won’t do. I won’t sit in anticipation of their stupidity, bad judgement, and terrorizing of the world.

I will however, sit in anticipation of the Christ Child coming to bring us hope and love in the Christmas story this weekend.

Jesus, the One who says these things are true, says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)

I will sit in anticipation of spending time with my friends at my house tomorrow night and with my family this weekend. My life…my loves…will be my “Jerusalem” during this and all seasons.

Look at Jerusalem, the city of our festivals.
Look at Jerusalem, that beautiful place of rest. (Isaiah 33:20)

I will sit in anticipation to see what beauty the hope of this season brings to my life in the new 3zpfzaehwbxl5pqbbl84year. I will wait on the strength and the courage of my friends and of good people of light everywhere. I will trust in the light that shines in the darkness. I will anticipate the winning of good over evil. I will trust once again that Love Wins!

God will show his mercy forever and ever
to those who worship and serve him.
He has done mighty deeds by his power.
He has scattered the people who are proud
and think great things about themselves.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
and raised up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with nothing. (Luke 1: 50-53)

 

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