I think we all at one time or another have walked that lonely, poorly illuminated path with Joseph. I believe we all at some time, have taken a road that we thought was the right one, but with no signs to tell us for sure. And even as we travel along lingering doubts accompany us along the way. I think we all know what that feels like.
The first followers of Jesus did not know the end of the story but we do. Our Advent waiting in anticipation ends in hope, promise and light. Jesus comes among us affirming God’s love and grace. Honestly, if we keep our eyes and ears open we can see all around us the mighty work of God. It is time for us Christians to proclaim the good news.
Advent comes upon us in the midst of our normal lives with disruptive messages about being prepared, not knowing and things being changed. The readings appointed to be read during this season before Christmas are intended to shock us out of our complacency and wake us up from our resignation with things as they appear. That is important for us to remember when we read these Advent texts.
Advent signals a time of possibility and hope for a fresh start.