Sunday, December 4, 2011

Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8
"Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God." What will bring you comfort today? All I have to offer is this: Life is wonderful. If you truly stop to look, there is a beauty and majesty to every moment of life, even the ugly ones, that is a testament to the glory and love of our creator. This is a hard and messy way to look at life, but no one ever said that truth is supposed to be easy. The easy road is to see life as brutal and sinful, and long for a paradise of our own imagination. It's the idea that our world is a mistake or a test, but if we just believe the right things, a new one will be created as a reward. These are the fantasies of children, not the wisdom of the Spirit. She comes to open our eyes to the universe we already have, not to entice us with dreams of someplace else. Will you let her comfort you?