Faith – Advent Buds

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” Gal 4:4-5

Advent: He is coming.

Faith.

That tenuous thread. A tie that binds. Leaning, with the whole weight of being.

Faith. Assurance of things hoped for. Conviction of things unseen.

Faith, that God has stepped into our story, that Christ will come again, that what has begun will be completed.

In the fullness of time all will be made right. In the fullness of time darkness gives way to light.

A pause, a catch of the breath, pregnant with longing.

Immanuel. God with us. Father – who formed and fashioned us, Christ – who died for us, Spirit – who with new life quickens us.

Immensity cloistered in a womb. Divinity swaddled in a cloth. Eternity planted in our hearts.

Now and not yet. Salvation has come. Whispers of faith. Tendrils of hope. Hope and faith.

Oh, Holy God, everlasting and full of compassion, shine your light on our weary hearts. Fill us with faith. Help our unbelief. Save us from stagnation. Draw us ever closer and pierce us again with your truth. Penetrate the noise of our excuses and the busyness of our traditions. Center us on you this Christmas season. Remind us again, of the greatness of your love and the perfection of your plan.

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