I met the Spirit of Christmas Future and she was wearing an In-Ear Realtime Translator. She showed me many marvelous things to come.
First, I saw the Sunnyside Community Christmas Lovefeast at Trinity Moravian Church. Christians of all ages and backgrounds sang, worshipped and broke bread together.
Then, I saw a wonderful, multi-cultural mashup of Christian customs from around the world. There were German chorales, English carols, Mexican and Latin traditions, and Syrian chefs all celebrating together. It was Las Posadas, sponsored by the Moravian emerging ministry, Anthony’s Plot in Winston-Salem, NC. Christians of all ages were taking the Christmas story to the streets. House by house the caravan arrived at each door to ask if they had room for Maria and Jose. Finally, after being turned away many times, all were admitted at Trinity Moravian Church, where there was not only room, but a party! Games, food, singing, and stories for all.
“And then I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.”
This is what the end game looks like, according to Revelation 7:9 and the Spirit of Christmas Future. It’s not scary. It is both inevitable and welcomed. This is what we pray for every time we say, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
After all, Advent is the anticipation of Christ’s coming – not only as a child in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, but also His future arrival for which we watch and wait.
In the meantime, to quote my friend Tiny Tim, “God bless us, every one!”