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Don’t let it escape your notice, dear friends, that with the Lord a single day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord isn’t slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and lives. —2 Peter 3:8-9 (CEB)
In his book, Christmas, Karl Barth wrote this reflection, “Unfulfilled and fulfilled promise are related to each other, as are dawn and sunrise. Both promise and in fact the same promise. If anywhere at all, then it is precisely in the light of the coming of Christ that faith has become Advent faith, the expectation of future revelation. But faith knows for whom and for what it is waiting. It is fulfilled faith because it lays hold on the fulfilled promise.”
As we journey into Advent, we are reminded that it is in the very juxtaposition between dark and light, despair and hope, death and life that we experience the deeply powerful meaning of this season. Advent offers us the opportunity to remember our past as we actively anticipate what might yet be in God’s timing and vision for our lives, our communities, and the world.
As the passage from 2 Peter 3:8-9 reminds us, “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, During this season of Advent, a season that provides us with both moments of despair and those of joyful anticipation, thank you for inviting us to faithfully live into a hope against hope for God’s redemptive timing and transformation for all of humanity and the world. Amen.
By: Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck, Interim Associate of Congregational Excellence