Advent is a season of longing. As a child longs for Christmas morning; as students long for an end to finals; as we long for time with family or friends; as we long for holidays past with loved ones no longer with us; Advent is the season we long for the arrival (advent) of Jesus, the Christ.
One of the best stories of longing is set in the land of Narnia where under the rule of the White Witch it is always winter and never Christmas. The animals of Narnia long for a day when Christmas will come, the snow will thaw, and the great lion Aslan will make everything right with the world. And from generation to generation the people sing of this hope:
“Wrong will be right when Aslan comes in sight, at the sound of his roar sorrows will be no more, when he bears his teeth winter meets its death, and when he shakes his mane we will have spring.”
I love this story because it points us to the even greater (true) story of Christmas. The message of Christmas is that our deepest longing — to be known and loved and accepted by the God who made us — can be met. In his birth, life, death, and resurrection, Jesus has done everything necessary to pay for our sins, cover us in his perfection, and restore us to God. As we trust and bask in that good news, our hearts begin to thaw and we experience Jesus’ healing in the longings of our hearts. We seek to share that healing in tangible ways with others. And we rest assured that when this risen Jesus comes again, he will finish his work to make right all the wrongs in this world. At the sound of his roar sorrows will be no more.
This Advent season we invite you to join us in a posture of longing — longing to experience more of the healing of Jesus’ first advent and longing for the complete restoration of his second advent.