The Challenge and Promise of Advent

The Challenge and Promise of Advent December 2, 2012

‎From Ted Jennings, author of Transforming Atonement: A Political Theology of the Cross:

“What we do is pretend that we have hope and joy and love. What we yearn for is what stands under those names … Advent is a time when we have a chance — if we want to take the chance — of getting in touch with what we deeply yearn for and do not have … for bodies to be healed, for the brokenness to be brought into wholeness, for the disasters of our world to turn into actual peace. …

“It is only if we really enter into Advent that we can be surprised, astonished, blown away by the coming of that which so far exceeds what is possible, what is programmable, that we can actually break loose in tongues, in rejoicing that has no words. … Can we? Dare we? That is the challenge and promise of Advent.”

What do you think about Jennings’ thoughts on Advent? How are you entering into this season? What are you waiting for?

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