#AdventWord #Expect #期待
We are pummeled daily by advertisements that, in not so hidden messages, tell us what we should “expect” out of life–more, better, bigger things.
What if, however, the messages we received prompted us to expect not what we might get, but what we might give? When, invited by God to become the most famous unmarried teenage expectant mother in history, Mary did not ask “What do I get out of this arrangement?” No, she said, “here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) Mary did not think about what she could expect to receive. She simply gave her life, a living sacrifice, to the God who called her. What do you “expect” this Advent season?
See all these people? They’ve just arrived on Holy Island and are walking from the car park into the village. A steady stream, but in summer this path is choc-a-block with visitors. Everyone comes with a sense of expectancy, looking forward to a day out on Holy Island – perhaps a visit to the priory or castle, coffee or lunch at one of the cafes, a walk on the beach or up to the hill, a bit of shopping, and a visit to the church. Many pilgrims and visitors have found that their faith has been awakened, refreshed or renewed by their visit, and they return home keen to share their experiences with others.
“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God” (William Carey)