The King is Coming

While reflecting on Advent, I remembered a happening back in the 70s while living in Thailand. Our daughter was taking Thai classical dancing. One day during her class we could hear excited voices outside chanting: “The king is coming! The King is coming! We all ran to the sidewalk in time to see the beloved King of Thailand and his beautiful Queen slowly pass. All too quickly he was gone. One brief exciting moment to remember.

As we enter Advent this is our time to remember, to reflect and wait for our beloved King to come to us, anytime, and without advance notice. In the midst of preparing for His coming to us in the flesh as a babe, we await His return as King of Kings, Lord of heaven and earth.  Jesus is with us. Jesus will come in all glory.

Believers, you and I are encouraged by God’s word to put aside the busyness of the world, give pause in the hustle and bustle of holiday details. As we enter a new Christian year (Lectionary B), we share the promise and hope that Christ’s return is to be a light scattered throughout the nations. So many today live in darkness with poverty, without resources, and poverty of God’s love and grace. God wants to greet all people, and to give them hope for today and eternity.

There is no greater offering from the King of Kings than to lay down his life for his friends.  While we can never repay His gift of sacrificial love, we can bring our yearning hearts and failures before Him, ask for forgiveness, and then be free to give to one another. In prayer we join with those persecuted for their faith, and those who need security and safety, healing and comfort for their weary spirits.

So, our worship in Advent prepares for Christ’s coming to us… again. And, if we feel disappointed that Anglicans don’t sing Christmas carols just yet, “Let every heart prepare a throne and every voice a song.” Our Advent hymns are full of beauty, joy and promise.

“Hark a thrilling voice is sounding. Christ is nigh…”

“Creator of the stars at night, your people’s everlasting light…”

“Come thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free…”

“The King shall come when morning dawns and light triumphant breaks…”

God’s blessings dear friends, Marcia+