Advent--Sacred and Profane

From now until Christmas Eve the postings on SoulSurfing will be dedicated to Advent, a time marked by expectation, anticipation, preparation, and longing. Regardless of faith, we all yearn for deliverance from the evils of the world. This is the cry of all who have experienced the tyranny of injustice under the thumb of sin yet who have hope of deliverance. It is that hope that anticipates anew, the reign of an Anointed One, a Messiah, the enlightenment who brings peace and justice and righteousness to the world. May God's love wake us up from slumber, rip us away from our lower chakra fixations, raise us up and open our eyes to see. Wake up, get up, stand up! Part of the expectation also anticipates a judgment on sin (OK, just think of sin as separation from God,falling short of higher intent, truth--not the social control stuff you learned in school). As activists, educators, parents, whether spiritual or religious, we work for social justice, we long to set the world right, to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth by our faith and our action. Advent is a calling of the world to accountability before God. Anticipation of the Coming of the Messiah throughout the Old Testament and Judaism was not in connection with remembrance of sins. Rather, it was in the context of oppression and injustice, the longing for redemption, not from personal guilt and sin but from the systemic evil of the world expressed in evil empires and tyrants. It is in that sense that all creation groans for its redemption as we witness the evil that so dominates our world (Rom 8:18-25). May God's love be with you, Surfinbrrrrrrds.