Every December feels like a homecoming to me. I think it goes back to the first year I left home, to go to university. There was always an excitement building as I crossed final assignments and exams off my to do list, knowing I was going home soon. Now, I still feel like I’m getting ready to go home, even when I’m travelling nowhere. But that is what advent is all about, the act of preparing and planning and waiting to come home again to Bethlehem, to come home again to God’s love being born again into our lives. In the reading for today, Joel reminds us that wherever the previous year has taken us, no matter how broken and bruised we may be when we reach that sable door, we can come home. Our God is abounding in steadfast love, and like the warmest of homes, we will be showered in love and our dreams encouraged.
This Advent as you pour a cup of tea or a glass of wine, consider what you need to prepare in order to return to home to God, to receive the love God is pouring out for you.
Rev. Jessica McCrae is with the United Church of Canada and the minister of Humbercrest United Church in Toronto, Ontario.
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