Tension and Hope
All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy. –Romans 8:22-25 (Message)
As we start this march and journey toward Christmas, the first Sunday of Advent is hope. Christian hope is more than wish for gift under the Christmas tree, but is intertwined with the tension of our daily lives. The hope that Christ brings thrives and become clear due to the tension and problems of this world. As we daily scan the newspapers and endure life we wait and anticipate a time of hope. Hope that everything will be alright. Hope that all the pain and problems of this life will go away. Is that the hope that this season is all about? Simply that our pains will go away or is it something more?