Advent 1(C) - Luke 21:25-36
This time of year is no fun at all. The sun is going away, and we now have about ten hours of sunlight every day. It’s gotten cold—mostly, though if the weather ever makes up its mind about what it wants to do it will be a minor miracle. And all the rain we were missing this summer has suddenly arrived, making it gray and dreary almost all of the time. At the same time, the stress of the season is starting to increase, with holidays and shopping and all kinds of things to do. I won’t pretend the church has a monopoly on that, but I’ll claim that we do have it here. Just this afternoon we’re doing a big Advent event with our Sing and Play worship service. And there are all kinds of events happening as we lead up to Christmas. It all makes me want to go home and hide under the covers until it all goes away. Think about it. Think about all the things you are going to have to take care of over the next month. Do you really want to do all this? Is it worth it? Is the fleeting joy of the season really worth all the lead-up? If you had the option, would you maybe pass on the holidays? Okay, so some people would think that kind of talk is crazy; they get into Christmas like it’s the most important thing to ever happen in the history of humankind. But I’m not one of those people.