How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
1 John 3:1
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.
Today is the First Sunday of Advent. This season of the Church Year is one of preparation, anticipation, repentance, and expectation. We reflect on Jesus’ first coming at Christmas. We rejoice in Jesus’ present coming to us in his word, in the gathering of his people, and in the Sacrament of the Altar. We look forward to Jesus’ second coming on the Great Last Day with anticipation and hope.
Some people do not wish for the Last Day; they fear it. They worry about being scrutinized, judged, and very uncomfortable, but hopefully making the cut at just the last minute, and finally being in heaven.
What Good News it is to hear of God’s steadfast love, our adoption as God’s children, and a place of safety in the shadow of God’s presence. Not only does God offer refuge to us who will face our last day and the eternal judgement at the end of all time. God offers us his abiding love, protection as his beloved children every day. That’s God’s promised gift through his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
This is a worthy comfort for this season and throughout all our days.