Every year as soon as Thanksgiving is over and we've barely
finished our leftovers, it seems the whole world
switches gears. We put up Christmas trees, lights, and begin
listening to Christmas music. Our everyday messy living rooms are
transformed into magical spaces, and we proclaim: this is the most
wonderful time of the year.
When we read the Christmas story against this backdrop, we can
quickly forget that the first Christmas was anything but a
silent night. Set against a world in chaos and overrun with
brokenness, God first came.
This Sunday we look at a man named Luke's account of Jesus and
John the Baptist birth announcements and what it says about
the stubborn hope of God alive in the world. Advent is a chance to
experience a thrill of hope once again.