Let the Feast Begin!
For many of us Americans, we just recently celebrated Thanksgiving Day – man do I love Thanksgiving! A day or two is dedicated to the task of setting the finest of culinary delicacies before you – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, etc. … and all drowning in a super-sized portion of gravy! And all followed by multitudinous home-baked pies! Wow!
Anyway, from my perspective, the season of Advent is like that. Heaven, hope, God as King, Jesus coming again, going home, the full establishment of God’s kingdom, everything finding its “yes” in him – the “Advent Banquet” is a season that we set aside to give our hearts and our minds, and indeed our entire lives more fully to the life-giving, spirit-sustaining truths of our faith.
Watching and Waiting for the Coming King
This is a season of preparation, of watching and waiting for the coming King. We prepare for the celebration of the Incarnation (Christmas), but we especially long for his second coming at the end of the age as we live in this “in between” time. So with a feast like this set before you – dig in!
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4 NIV
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The Daily Reflections for the Advent Season was first published in Daily Meds from the Q Source
© 2012 by Dave Quintana.
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Dave Quintana is currently the presiding elder of the Servants of the Word, a missionary brotherhood of men living single for the Lord, and a member of the executive council of the Sword of the Spirit. He currently lives in Lansing, Michigan, USA.