There’s a Crack in the Door Filled With Light

By the rivers of Babylon we sit down and weep when we remember Zion.
On the poplars in her midst we hang our harps,
for there our captors ask us to compose songs; those who mock us demand that we be happy, saying: “Sing for us a song about Zion!”
How can we sing a song to the LORD in a foreign land?
– Psalm 137:1-4

I love Advent season … the start of the church calendar … a new beginning …

I love this season because it reminds me that “holy time” does not begin with victory. It does not begin with joyful celebration. It does not begin with when everything is perfect.

Our story begins with longing.

Longing for something unfulfilled.

Longing for something better.

A recognition that things are not as they should be.

Advent starts with a feeling of things being “off” – something just isn’t right. We’ve been told God will do so many fantastic things for us …

… and yet …

The church calendar begins with this feeling that everyone can relate to. We have heard the stories of God and we are caught up in their beauty; God will come and rescue his creation … and yet here we are in our day-to-day lives where things often feel wrong.

We look at the world around us and everything we see seems to taunt us and suggest that God may be just something we want to believe in, but “reality” tells a very different story.

There are the global tragedies that capture the media’s attention; there are our personal tragedies that most people never see but grip us from the inside and can make life almost unliveable; there are the disappointments that happen each and every day that we feel but can’t describe. Life happens and it often hurts.

This is where the church calendar starts …

… and yet …

Advent calls to us within this longing and awakens a cry for rescue. This cry is the beginning of our story as it relates to God. It is the cry for a rescuer. The cry that aligns our hearts with the heart of God himself – a cry for change; a cry for freedom from oppression in its numerous forms – a cry that acknowledges things are not as they should be and we need help!

This cry in and of itself opens a crack in the oftentimes gloomy landscapes we see around us. And this crack opens the door to hope. I think Needtobreathe captures the sense of Advent really well in the lyrics of their song “Wasteland”;

Yeah in this wasteland where I’m livin’
There is a crack in the door filled with light
And it’s all that I need to get by
Yeah in this wasteland where I’m livin’
There is a crack in the door filled with light
And it’s all that I need to shine

Someday soon that crack will burst forth with light, but for now it remains a crack … but that crack is filled with light. And that crack is enough for us to start our journey with God on the road toward seeing all things made right.

That’s Advent – I encourage you to take time to recognize and appreciate the longing we all feel in our lives for something better than this; and try not to jump too quickly ahead to Christmas morning 🙂

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