First Sunday in Advent
Psalm 122, Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 24:36-44
Advent is a time when our better yearnings have a say with us, when we ponder receiving the promises that God has yet to give. And we even consider turning loose what has become old, fatigued, and lifeless.
A central metaphor for Christians is governance. So we sing about Jesus as "king," that heaven and nature may sing. Advent is a time to consider a better governance, to weigh what it would cost, what we must relinquish, how we would receive a new governor.