Second Sunday of Advent December 6, 2015
In today’s Gospel lesson, John the Baptist strides boldly onto our Advent stage, announcing that God’s saving power is coming at last (Luke 3:6). It’s a message of radical hope—the kind of hope that just might empower a person to straighten out his crooked ways, to sand down her rough edges.
Kate was one of those kids who had a hard time cleaning her room. At any given time, most of her bedroom floor was covered with stuff—magazines, pillows, dirty socks—and it drove her mom crazy. It wasn’t that Kate liked having a messy room. She didn’t. She knew she should clean her room, and she often felt guilty about just how messy it was. Still, she just never could muster up the energy to clean it.
Then, not long before Christmas, Kate’s mom announced some great news. Kate’s cousin Sarah was coming for the holiday! Sarah was Kate’s favorite cousin. The two were nearly the same age. Kate was thrilled! In fact, Kate was so thrilled that she did something that surprised everyone: Kate cleaned her room. She cleaned it top to bottom, spotless, without even being asked, and smiling the whole time. Kate was eager for everything to be “just right” for Sarah’s arrival—including her room. Kate could hardly wait!
Hope has that effect on people. Hope energizes!
This Advent season, may the anticipation of Jesus’ coming energize you and me to overcome all sorts of obstacles. May we be energized to straighten our crooked ways and smooth our rough edges! May Advent hope energize us!
David Geyer, pastor, College Hill Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania