This December, we're inviting 25 Christians to share their reflections on 'We are Longing'. Sign up for daily email reflections.
Common Grace Supporter Janet shares with us why she will be signing up to our Advent Series:
"My favourite thing about Christmas has become these advent series. They set my heart on the track of love at a time when emotions can run high, family dynamics may be strained and the whole corporate Christmas message screams at you. So grateful for this. Thank you!"
We Are Longing
Advent calls us to a time of waiting and longing together as the body of Christ. Whilst we celebrate the coming of Jesus, we also long for justice and healing which springs from the Kingdom of God.
Advent is a time of tension: being present with the pain of injustice, whilst also holding and celebrating the victory and hope of Jesus Christ, God with us.
Together we long not only for the final coming of Jesus, but also to see justice worked out in our world. We acknowledge frustration and lament for an absence of justice and fears about the future. As the body of Christ, we connect with his creation in longing for wholeness and healing. Mingled in and with our longing is the joy and hope of Jesus. We have not been left alone: our saviour comes.
There is great power in longing. Acknowledging injustice provides an opportunity for healing. We long for God to be with us and bring hope. We long for an alternate story. In the coming of Jesus, we experience God truly with us. Jesus joins us in our lament, honoring the pain of his body the church and creation, whilst weaving for us a story of hope and healing.
Taken from the Latin word adventus which literally means “coming,” Advent is a season where Christians symbolically await Jesus’ birth - a focused time of waiting and expectation, that creates space for us to anticipate and receive again the announcement of God with us.
The season of Advent is an opportunity for us to remember Christ coming amongst us. In doing so, he invites us to move beyond the present and experience the heart of God’s love for all people, and his redemptive plan to lift up the lowly by the giving of himself.
This year, to mark Advent in the contemporary context, we are preparing daily devotional emails for our Common Grace community. As usual, they will feature the wisdom and teaching of a diverse range of contributors from right across the breadth of the Christian church in our nation.
Our prayer is that this Advent devotional will invite Australian Christians to be present in observing and remembering all that God has done in Jesus, so that our faith is nurtured, our love is stimulated and our hope is energised.
Throughout December, we'll hear daily reflections from these incredible contributors:
- Rev Katherine Rainger Honorary Assistant Priest, Holy Covenant Anglican Church, Canberra
- Rev Megan Powell du Toit Publishing Manager at Australian College of Theology
- Andy Mitchell Associate Pastor, Beaumaris-Mordialloc Baptist Church
- Steff Fenton Co-chair, Equal Voices Sydney
- Elliot Keane Lead Pastor, Richmond Baptist
- Anna McGahan Actress
- Melissa LipsettChief Operating Officer at Bible Society Australia
- Jonathan Cornford Manna Gum Bendigo
- Martin Sutherland Dean and CEO, Australian College of Theology