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The Thief of Advent

But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. (Matthew 24:43-44)

But Advent is the time for taking off the kerchief and cap, which we don for, in the words from A Visit from St. Nicholas, a long winter's nap and open our eyes. Your senses have to be alive and awake, listening for the odd sound, looking for something out of place or moving when all is still. And just perhaps with one eye you might catch a glimpse of the thief of Advent. And having caught that glimpse, arise and investigate to see what the thief is up to.

The reign of God will come like a thief in the night, leaving doors ajar, cracking windows open, stealthily seeping into our world without any warning. It will be unnerving because it will disturb our well-worn patterns of life. It will urge us out of our warm beds when we would prefer to slumber away, and let the world pass by. We prefer to slumber in our beds under our warm comforters to being led by the Spirit as the Israelites were by Moses through cold desert nights toward a promised freedom but with so many unknowns.

You see, the thief of Advent is not here to steal but to reveal God's coming kingdom, not with bright lights and musical fanfares but with small glimpses of compassion, fleeting moments of self-sacrifice and little acts of love. The thief shows us doors that he finds ajar, just cracked open and invites, even dares us to walk through them. These doors are like the child that leaps in Elizabeth's womb, the promise that Simeon believes will be fulfilled before he dies, and Joseph's choice to take a pregnant Mary as a wife. They are odd, out of the ordinary circumstances that lead us toward a new reality.

The Advent thief comes like the Advent calendar, opening little doors for us to peer into the tiny gifts behind them. But the Advent thief's doors and gifts are subtler and infinitely more difficult to find than the doors on your Advent calendar. The Advent thief may open the door at a nursing home, or at a Christmas tree nursery. The thief may open the door in the middle of the mall at the height of your gift shopping frenzy. The gifts may come as carol being sung, a bell being rung, or just a simple accepting smile for a passerby or even the distress of a baby's cry.

You never really know where or when the Advent thief may strike. So be aware, keep awake, with your eyes wide open and your senses tingling with anticipation. Then and only then will you see the doors just slightly ajar, the windows cracked open. Then and only then will you be ready for the gifts and they will become real.

May the thief of Advent lead you around these darkened days and even darker nights to the little doors of your heart and leave them ajar so that the treasures that lie within may be offered to a world as blessings where we stand on shaky ground, unsure and unsteady, waiting for compassion, generosity and peace to steady our feet. And finally, may the thief of Advent lead you one dark and starry night to hear the cries of mother in distress, to an illegitimate baby being born in a barn, that most unlikely of children whose cries will change us and our world forever.

Happy Advent!

Jeff+




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© June 2016 by The Rev. Jeff Douglas


St. Thomas is a vibrant, welcoming, Christian community cultivating mind, body & spirit through worship, fellowship, and service, loving our neighbors as ourselves

The Rev. Jeff Douglas, Rector

Our Staff:
       Parish Secretary
       Julie Bazemore
       Musician:
       Jonathan Johnston
Our Vestry:
       Hugh H. Davis,Sr. Warden
       Michael Steczak, Jr. Warden
       Daniel McCamish, Clerk
       Ernie Carter,Treasurer
       Claudia Griffin
       Fred Liverman
       Patsy Jones
       Brenda Hewitt
       David Simons
       Rob Outland

Parish Committees:
       Events:
       Patsy Jones
       Kitchen:
       Ernie Carter,
       Mary C. Pierce
       Garden Committee:
       Charles & Lois Sawyer
       Bazemore Garden
       Planning Committee:

       Patsy Jones
       Dicky & Becky Hoggard
       Lobster Feast:
       The Rev. Jeff Douglas

WORSHIP
       Altar Guild:
       Mary C. Pierce
       Acolytes:
       Charles Sawyer
       Flower Guild:
       Ernie Carter,
       Martie Tayloe,
       Patsy Jones

EDUCATION:
       Adult Sunday School:
       Carolyn Peele
       Children's Sunday
       School:

       Gretchen Simons
       & Beth Douglas

PASTORAL CARE:
Becky Hoggard,
Vicki Blandchard
& Jerrie Taylor

RECTOR'S COMPENSATION COMMITTEE:
       Ernie Carter
       Daniel McCamish
       Gretchen Simons

If you would like to volunteer or have ideas about how St. Thomas' can have a more effective ministry in these areas, contact the appropriate person and make St. Thomas' ministry even better.