I’m excited to reintroduce you to Anna Thelen this Advent. Anna and I are friends who go all the way back to the birth of my first pregnancy. She was my doula, and I quickly discovered that she brought not only tons of birth experience, but the light of Jesus everywhere she went.
This is Anna’s second contribution to an Advent devotional series on the blog. You can read her work from last year here.
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by Anna Thelen
Sometimes I wake a tiny bit early and have a moment to pause before my carefully crafted, down-to-the-minute morning routine begins.
In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. –2:2-5
In the world we live in, rife with violence and discord, high tensions politically and spiritually, death and suffering wherever we turn. sadness and pain on global, national and personal levels, it is essential to be reminded of what is coming. Of what we are waiting, and hoping for.
That one day the Christ will come and those instruments of war and strife will be transformed by radical love and redemption into tools of cultivation and growth.
It may feel impossible now, and very dark right now, hope barely light enough to see by, but we must cling to that hope. We must walk towards and into the Light of Christ in the every day, and bear his Light into the world.
We wait for this, this beautiful redemption, and the Light to shatter all darkness.
What redemption are you waiting and longing for?
Anna Thelen is a nanny, birth doula, and yoga teacher in the Chicago suburbs. When she’s not chasing light, she is planning her next trip to the UK, cooking with friends, reading Mary Oliver and trying not to feed her dress buying habit. You can find more info about her doula practice here.