Getting a little ahead of ourselves, but today's blog connects with the Teacher devotional we started this Advent - "We Make the Road by Walking," by Brian McClaren. This week we're reading through Chapter 17, "Keep Herod in Christmas," which is a statement floating around the web as well.
Today is a bit more anchored in the sadness of Advent. While we Americans really like to be joyful during Advent, it is a time securely anchored in sadness and grief. While Advent brings hope to the blue collar shepherds, young mothers, and vulnerable infants, it also brings judgment on the people of empire. Rome is never happy to be challenged in it's authority. As a puppet of Rome, Herod is not thrilled to here another king is coming to challenge Rome and/or take his seat away from him and his children.
Today, how is Advent challenging your role and security in empire? Is there anything you need to be willing to give up? How are you in a place of power or position within your relationships, your economy, your neighborhood, and your family? If nothing else, what Christmas expectations do you need to give up that too closely align to consumerism and the ways we enslave children and young adults around the world as we buy gifts and support the business of Christmas?
We wait for Christ as we wait to be challenged.
We wait for Christ as we wait for an end to empire.
We wait for Christ as we bear the slavery of our global children.
We wait for Christ as we bear the death of children throughout the year.
We wait for Christ as we ask for Rome's patience.
We wait for Christ as we seek trust from Herod.
We wait for Christ as we mourn with Bethlehem.
We wait for Christ as we flee to Egypt and resettle in Nazareth.
We wait for Christ as we___.
We wait for Christ.
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Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.