Advent 2021 – Harry’s Letter

“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

1 Corinthians 11:26

Dear Friends,

All of us know what it’s like to wait. We wait on hold on the phone for customer service, sometimes for hours. We wait for babies to be born. We are waiting for the pandemic to be over with. Waiting is hard to do, but it teaches us patience.

I was recently (Sunday) asserting that all of humanity is unconsciously searching for God. There’s a longing for meaning and for something beyond the natural. Many things are explored to try and fill the hole – wealth, adventure, music, food, etc. – but people end up singing along with Mick Jagger: “I can’t get no satisfaction!” We who have put our trust in the crucified and risen Jesus have had that hole filled because we have been forgiven and re-united with our Father. Yes, we have found deep satisfaction in the abundant life Jesus gives, but still, we wait.

We wait because there’s more to come and we know it. We wait because Christ has promised to return and, in his words, “take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3 We wait because he has promised: “There will be no more death, nor mourning, nor crying, nor pain, for the old order of things has passed away…Look! I am making everything new!” Rev. 21:4,5 Paul writes: “We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters, the redemption of our bodies.” Ro. 8:23 We wait.

Advent is about this wait, this longing, this hope. This hope is rock solid because “he who promised is faithful”. Heb. 10:23 We’ll be celebrating the Lord’s Supper at each church on November 28th, the first Sunday in Advent. We are called to remember our Lord this way ‘until he comes’. I hope you will join us in person or perhaps online. May Christ’s peace be with you throughout this Advent season!

In Christ’s love,

Harry