Awaiting the Kingdom

Brad M. Griffin | Dec 13, 2010

These words from Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation have been sitting with me the past couple of weeks:

Come, Lord Jesus, the Advent mantra, means that all of Christian history has to live out of a kind of deliberate emptiness, a kind of chosen non-fulfillment. Perfect fullness is always to come, and we do not need to demand it now. This keeps the field of life wide open and especially open to grace and to a future created by God rather than us. ((Adapted from Preparing for Christmas with Richard Rohr: Daily Reflections for Advent, pp. 4-5.))

As we enter the third week of Advent, may these words continue to have new meaning for how we live without demanding that all we want be provided for us now.

Come, Lord Jesus.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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