December 8, 2010

Key Changes

The Christmas season is in full swing, even at work I have worked my magic with garland and glitter.  I am still as much a fanatic about Christmas as I ever was, but this year it's different. 
I'm not living with my parents, surrounded by the familiar decorations and loving memories of a childhood gone by....
my sister isn't here to go on shopping adventures with or plan and plot Christmas surprises the way we did before...
friends are moving not far away, but far enough to make a difference....
scheduling has become tighter than ever trying to fit in as much "quality" time as possible....
people I know have lost loved ones, others are struggling with disease or heartache. 
In the midst of glitter and mistletoe and Rudolph it seems, more apparent in this season than most, that something is not right.   All is not as it should be. 
Praise God that He allows us to claim that as truth. He says in His Word, "No, things are not as they should be."  Scripture is full of pictures of creation groaning as if in childbirth waiting for God to act.  Sin is the reason things are not right and even nature itself recognizes the need for change.  Creation knows that God who is faithful promised and still promises to act.
The advent season is a season of waiting, long lay the world in sin and error pining, recognizing what is broken and waiting expectantly for God to make it right.  That's why Jesus came, immortal made mortal, divine clothed in make things right.  I think this realization is why I like advent hymns in minor keys.  With all the sweet and happy wishes for peace and joy during the holiday season, it's nice to be able to buck against it a bit and recognize that waiting is hard and brokenness hurts.  It reminds us that not only are we remembering a season of waiting, but that we are still waiting for the final fulfillment of all of God's promises to make all things new and wipe away all tears.
Yes, all is not as it should be, but I serve a God who keeps His promises.  I live in hope because  because God came to dwell with His people, to set them free.  I live in hope because a baby was born in Bethlehem, just like God said He would be.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly minded for with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.

Linking up with Emily at Imperfect Prose


  1. Singing about joy in a minor key--leaning into the pain. Because, in Christ, we can take. It must be true. It just has to be.

    That said, can't wait for your fabulous sister to come home and for you to enjoy every sort of merriment and mirth with her!

  2. this is exquisite. i know this feeling. that all is not right. i know it more than ever, now that i'm a mother, and see the world through the eyes of someone sending a young impressionable soul into it. i love those minor keys, too, lauri. and i love you, sister. (btw, this is the last imperfect prose until the new year. i hope you have the merriest of christmases! thank you for linking.)

  3. All creations groans...God is speaking so profoundly, His heart to His creation. I love your response, and your challenge to rise up and take hold of His word in faith, and wait expectantly, not for a babe, but a King. Blessings abundant!

  4. my pastor is speaking on "oh come emanuel" during advent. for me, his words(and yours) resonate because all is not well this christmas season. i'm longing for Him to come and make all things right, all things new. thank you for sharing your heart. may you have a wonderful Christmas with your sister. i'm looking forward to my sister's homecoming too!