I asked myself, “Can you see the big picture?” Do you see what’s going on?
And I answered myself, “Sure, contempt and chaos are everywhere.”
Chaos and contempt exists in some homes.
Contempt and chaos exists at some jobs.
Chaos and contempt exists in some churches.
Contempt and chaos exists in our politics.
Chaos and contempt exists within me.
Advent offers me a new beginning. It offers me a chance to exchange contempt and chaos for peace and joy.
And, what does peace and joy look like?
It looks like respect for God because he kept his promise.
It looks like Jesus feeding the spiritually and emotionally hungry.
It looks like loving someone else just as God loved me.
In the big picture, it’s true.
The door of opportunity faces us. When we knock the door is opened.
In the big picture, we’re no longer trapped by contempt and chaos.
We can delight in the new beginning.
In Advent, God extends another chance to view life from the new perspective.
This perspective honors and respects God with our next thought and next action.
This perspective dares to reject calling God a liar.
This perspective challenges empty ridicule of God’s gift to us.
So, what’s the benefit of seeing and believing this new beginning?
How about anxiety exchanged for peace that passes all understanding?
How about joy exchanged for chaos and contempt?
How about it’s okay to let God love you?
Advent offers you the New Beginning of Jesus.