By Lori Michelle
Advent seems to bring out the loser in me.
By “loser,” I don’t mean worthless deadbeat. I mean someone who has suffered loss. Someone who had been abandoned, forgotten, hurt, or ruined.
Sometimes during the Advent season, I am haunted by the “Ghost of Husband Past” and it makes me despair a little and lose sleep. Then I remember how blessed my new life is, and how Our God is a True Redeemer, and I begin to feel myself come back again.
Advent, which simply means “coming,” also means “waiting”. Waiting for the Christ Child, yes, but also waiting for the Christ Child to be born again in me. Waiting for All Things to be made new. Waiting for the things I hope for to become tangible.
Advent is for those of us who have gone astray, been confused, suffered injustice.
Advent is for dreamers, for the afflicted, for the grieving.
We are all waiting. Anticipating the time when the waiting is over. But for now, we are just in limbo together.
Counting down the days…hours…moments.
“Singing in the midst of evil is what it means to be disciples,” Nadia Bolz-Weber tells us, “Like Mary Magdalene, the reason we stand and weep and listen for Jesus is because we are bearers of resurrection, we are made new.”
Yes, not just losers…but bearers of resurrection.
Before you have a resurrection, first you must die.
Before you are restored, first you must be ruined.
Before you have victory, first you must be defeated.
To a virgin woman the birth of the Son of God was announced. Someone who was practicing the presence of God through the worship of waiting. Maybe that is why the Babe in the Manger is such a meaningful message…The Blessed Child who we have all been waiting for has finally arrived.
That is how we experience the gratitude and joy at the revelation of His coming. That is why we celebrate and sing…because we enjoy His appearing all the more after we have been longing for it for so many days.
For this Advent Season, I want to reflect on some losers. Squandered, strayed, unfortunate ones who, through God’s abounding mercy and faithfulness, were able to experience the joy of redemption. I hope you will wait along with me. Even better, I invite you to join the conversation. Nobody likes waiting alone.