Unfailing Love Born Among Us ~ Guest Contributor, Tiffany DeTienne
This year has been a difficult one for me, full of change and loss and it is because of these experiences that I have been given a new perspective on the Advent season. I have been thinking a lot about the way that God sent Jesus into the world and the more I think about it, the more I am filled with hope.
Too often this season brings with it the desire for perfection. Perfect decorations, perfect gifts, perfect family gatherings and blissful holiday joy. The cultural expectations that surround this holiday season can be crushing, especially for those of us who just don’t have it together right now. So why am I filled with hope? The reason I am filled with hope this Advent season is because none of these cultural expectations for perfection have anything to do with Advent. That’s right, none. Advent is all about waiting in expectation for Jesus to show up, it is not about perfect families, decorations or gifts. In fact, when Jesus did show up, he didn’t arrive into a perfect family or family situation. Mary turned up pregnant with Jesus while she was only betrothed to Joseph and Joseph upon finding out she was with child was only convinced to marry her by means of an angel’s intervention. Jesus didn’t enter the world at a state-of-the-art birthing center, hospital, boutique hotel or even a nice Airbnb. Jesus was born after a long journey, in a stable because Mary and Joseph couldn’t find anywhere else to stay. And all of this, is why I have hope this Advent season. I have hope because Jesus entered the world, the imperfect messy world, in an imperfect and messy way and Jesus made his home among us anyway.
In this season of Advent, things don’t have to be perfect and let’s be honest, they probably won’t be. But you and I should expect for Jesus, God incarnate to show up anyway, in the middle of our imperfect everyday lives. God is faithful, God will show up and God’s unfailing love will carry each of us through this Advent season and our lives every day thereafter. So have hope, and keep an eye out for Jesus to show up, even in the midst of your messy everyday life.
Perfect love come down, in the mess, in the mundane, into the difficult. Help us to remember that you are in the habit of showing up in unlikely places, to unlikely people, in the middle of our normal everyday lives. Let the hope of your unfailing love come down and be born in us again this Advent season.
A new transplant to Spokane, Rev. Dr. Tiffany DeTienne has nearly ten years of ministerial experience. She most recently served as the Minister of Youth and Young Adults at Beargrass Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and prior to that was the Youth Minister at First Christian Church in Lawrence, KS. Tiffany attended Lipscomb University and most recently earned her Doctorate of Ministry degree in Spiritual Formation and Missional Living. She is a people person, loves a good cup of coffee and is passionate about finding new ways to engage people in conversations about life and faith.