Advent is about annunciations. Have you heard your’s?
We’ve made God’s annunciations in the Christmas story so spiritual, so angelic, so other-worldly, that we miss the gist of the story’s message. We never stop to think that the very same thing can and does happen here and now. It is not a fairy tale! God still comes down to poke around in smelly stables, and still calls stubborn Josephs and receptive Marys. God still announces His intentions not only to mend this broken world, but His intention for each of us to be a part of the mending. Listen!
Have you seen a star (they come in various forms, and not necessarily in the heavens) or have you been visited by some Gabriel (angels are simply God's messengers; an angel could be just about anybody). Watch! You just never know.
Redeemer, come, with us abide;
our hearts to thee we open wide;
let us thy inner presence feel;
thy grace and love in us reveal.