Lincoln Advent: 14 December

Advent Prayers, 14 December
Mission to Seafarers

Our Lord says, “Surely I come quickly.”
Even so: Come Lord Jesus.
(Common Worship, sentences for Advent)

“I’m on the train”
“Home soon.”
“I can’t wait to see you tomorrow.”

I wonder how many messages pass by text, phone and messenger each day saying “I’m almost there… it’s almost time… I can’t wait to be with you.”

The promise of our coming is an important part of our relationships. It allows people to prepare – to put the kettle on, to wrap up the tricky bit of business, or just to make use of those last few minutes alone (breathe… and… yes: you can come in). The messages also build excitement – they are a sign of the importance we place on relationships, the importance we hope you will place on them too. And, when the coming is delayed – when work or crisis or competing needs mean that we can’t be where we want to be, a message acts as a sort of promise: I am thinking of you. I want to be with you. I’ll get there as soon as I can.

Once the text has been sent or the phone call has been made, we are part of a process together. Something is about to happen – and it is something we already share.

The messages of Advent are like that: “See, I am Coming Soon. Surely I come quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The words back and forth, the versicle and response, help form our relationship with God. They act as a promise – on both sides – that we are part of something together. What we are a part of is the coming of Christ in Glory. What we are a part of is the transformation of our world, until Christ is All in All.

We stand in the in-between time: Christ yesterday, Christ tomorrow – us today. Christ in us, surely. Christ in those we meet, without doubt. But for Christ’s presence to be known in our communities right now, God counts on us today.

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