The air has changed. Can you feel it? It wasn't too long ago that I was running the air conditioner in my bedroom, now I’ve pulled out the space heaters. My phone tells me that snow is possible for Thursday. But more than all that, our readings have started to change at church, as have the collects (the prayers we say at the start of the Eucharist that change from week to week.) Suddenly, we start hearing about the day of the Lord and being ready. These weeks between All Saints’ Day and the first Sunday of Advent are their own little apocalyptic season, where ‘apocalypse’ means ‘revelation.’ In these darkening days, as the cold draws in, we start looking for the one who is to come, our Lord who comes as a helpless infant to be our help and salvation.
Many of you have probably read C.S. Lewis’ popular series for children of all ages, The Chronicles of Narnia. If you haven't, all you need to know for the purposes of this newsletter are that the first book takes place in a land where it is ‘always winter but never Christmas,’ and that the main character, Aslan, is a lion who represents Jesus. I have been much reminded of these books recently, as we approach the snowy season that is still a strange miracle to someone who grew up in Florida. Here at Trinity it will be winter, but in due time it will also be Christmas.
Until then, however, we wait. We wait, through this month when our Scripture readings become increasingly urgent with the need to watch and be ready. We wait, as the long season after Pentecost ends with a celebration of Christ’s kingship that turns all the kingdoms of the world on their head. We wait, through four weeks of Advent when we prepare our hearts to receive our king who will be born in a stable and who also will come again in power at the end of time.
But now we wait like the creatures of Narnia, listening intently for the first rumors of what's to come. ‘Aslan is on the move,’ they tell each other in whispers. We may not see him fully yet, but he’s alive and he is acting. It's time to get ready.
Dear people of Trinity Church, Aslan is on the move in our community too. New life and new energy are bursting out all over the place, there is tremendous beauty and joy in our worship services, and yet this is only the beginning of what happens when we see the lion of Judah face to face. Because no one can meet Aslan and remain unchanged.
Aslan is on the move. Look for the signs of his coming.
Yours faithfully in Christ,