We are now into the second week of Advent. The traditional focus for this week is hope. So many of the things we hope for in our lives fade into oblivion but the wonder of the hope we have at this season is that it shines brighter every day. We step up the longing for Christ’s coming and wait for the One whose light will one day be full revealed in our world.
If you want a less traditional theme for Advent this week, consider these suggestions from Steve Taylor in New Zealand
This morning’s reflection comes from Barb Buckham, who lives with her husband, Rich, in the Bartimaeus Cohousing community in Bremerton, WA
My Violin Advent
For several years I have had a growing desire to play the violin. This year, right at Advent, a violin teacher moved into our cohousing community. Then, I found a decent violin on Craig’s list for a low price just a few blocks from where I live. Bingo! I am SOOOOO going to do this. I am working on my second lesson now. OK, even the cat runs for cover when I practice. But every once in a while I play a single note that sounds beautiful. Yes, a single note. Then I hear a CD of an orchestra with the violins effortlessly ringing out a beautiful melody of a majestic symphony. And it makes me want to practice again.
As an adult learner, I know there are no short-cuts around practice, patience and perseverance. I can speed up my learning with practice, but only so much. You cannot learn to play the violin in a week.
I’ve been thinking how much this is like Advent. We know Christ has come and will come again and restore all things. But in the mean-time, we must keep practicing our part with patience and perseverance. Whatever is given us to do we must do with all our heart. Our little stories are being woven into the grand story of the history of redemption. When the story is complete, the curtain will rise and the symphony will begin. We wouldn’t want it to be too early any more than a pregnant woman wants her baby to be born too early. It must be just the right time. But as we wait, we practice our part. For our little part is important to the whole of the symphony. Once in awhile we get to hear, or see, a glimpse of what we are waiting for–a breaking in of the Kingdom of God into this veil of tears. And it takes our breath away. AND HE SHALL REIGN FOREVER AND EVER. Wow. Keep practicing.