What are you longing for?
Most people--myself included--are longing for more out of life. We may have our basic needs met, but there is a deep down dis-ease. There is a lingering anxiety that tells us something is missing. We have a sense that we haven't yet discovered what life is all about. The question is, "What are we missing?" The Bible tells us that what we are missing is something that we have already been given. You see, what the first two chapters of Genesis tells us is that in the beginning we were created in God's image and likeness, which means we were given the capacity to live in communion with God. In the beginning we were also given a "garden" filled with all we would need to live abundantly, especially other people. The beginning of the biblical story is all about what we most desperately need--God and one another--if we will only receive this gift. The story then goes on to tell us that the perennial problem of human beings is that we get distracted from what God has already given us. We forget that our heart's deepest desire is a deeper connection with God and human beings. In our time, the "rat race" distracts us from what we have received. As Jimmy Buffet sings, "We are looking for love in all the wrong places": places like success, money and power. The season of Advent, which begins the church year, is all about bringing our longing to God. We have a sense that we cannot save ourselves from our distractions; we have tried too many times and failed. Bring your deepest desires to God this Advent. Pray that God will help you re-discover that you are created in God's image and likeness, and that there is a communion with God and other people waiting to be enjoyed.