Advent Journal: Day 4

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The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from all faces;
The reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.

Just as the old Adam was poured into the whole man and took possession of him, so in turn will our whole humanity be taken over by Christ, who created all things, has redeemed all things, and will glorify all things.

Will there come a day, when there are no more tears?  No more anxiety, no more fretting with my hair or my eyes, scanning over my waist, my buttocks, my body, to see if others will find me attractive?  When no longer will I feel judged, condemned, for what I am?  There is in all of us a fear, a deep seated, elemental terror: of being judged unworthy, being rejected, because we are not this or that, because we are not beautiful to look at, not smart enough, sophisticated enough, not wealthy enough, not accomplished enough, not on the “right side” of things, not one of the chosen.  It seems impossible; it seems too much to ask, really.  This life is fenced around with tears, and nothing can stop that.  They seem to go on forever, and there is no end of them.  But the word of God says otherwise: yes, He will redeem us.  He will not let us suffer forever.  God sees our needs, longs to fulfill them; he desires us, as we do not (yet) desire Him.  We learn to desire Him by seeing and tasting his desire for us–by acknowledging it.  He is the one who feeds us when we are hungry, and fills us when we are satisfied.  Nothing can take his place, no matter how incessant the urge may be.  And then our suffering, when he comes upon us, will seem like a distant memory, to be swallowed up by the halo of his glory.  When all of our sins are purged away, and we may love God and one another as has been His desire and his plan throughout all creation, then, then we shall know, once and for all, that He is God, and come to rest in his everlasting peace.  Till then, may we fortify each other with this hope, and this hope with our love, sustaining our faith through tears by the grace of Christ, striving always to remember that the day is coming when we will weep no more.

~ by Alypius on December 7, 2017.

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