Our Advent Devotion for Saturday, December 18, comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen
“I am the Alpha and Omega.” Says the Lord God,
who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
Revelation 1:8 NIV
“As a Christian, you not only maintain that this world will pass,
but that it must pass to allow a new world to be born, and that
there will never be a moment in this life when you can rest
assured that there is nothing more to do.”
With Open Hands, page 103, by Henri J.M. Nouwen
“He is Coming”
What does it mean that Jesus is the one “who is to come”? What are we really expecting at the Second Coming of Christ? The Book of Revelation declares that Jesus is coming soon – what does this mean to us? Do we really want that day to come?
These are good questions to ask ourselves during Advent, a season of waiting for the final return. It is hard to live in a constant spirit of watchfulness and expectation. It is hard to imagine what the return of Jesus will really be like. No matter. Each of us will experience a final encounter with Jesus on our last day. We must all be ready, no matter how it comes. And so we cannot stop, we cannot give up – there is always more to do to prepare for this final reunion
Christ is the beginning and the end. During Advent, we prepare to celebrate the birth or “beginning” of Christ. Nouwen asks us if we are prepared for the end, or if we even “want” to be prepared. But we are reassured that the best way to be prepared is to trust God and continue to serve God and neighbor.
Lord Jesus, you are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Our lives are moving toward you, even as you are moving toward us. Help us to be ready. Amen. Henri J.M. Nouwen