Advent Reflection -- December 5
There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Luke 21: 25-26
What a far cry from the peaceful hopes we commonly anticipate as we move toward Christmas. As Luke reflects on the times he sees ahead, he trembles, and so might we. Yes, communications were certainly different then, in Luke’s time, and so were gaps in knowledge of the natural world. Yet, even with our contemporary understanding of science, are there not occasions when we shudder at the impact of the evening news and other events that mark our days?
“But wait! There is more,” the commercials remind us again and again. As Luke looks ahead, so may we, toward God’s gift of grace.