Wonder FullNovember 28, 2020
In the movie It’s A Wonderful Life, a distraught George Bailey, thinking he’s lost it all, wonders if his life is worth living any more. In a moment of ultimate need, an angel named Clarence is sent to him to give him a vision of what life would have been like for his friends, family, and community … if he’d never been born. He comes to the conclusion (spoiler alert), in the end, that his life had indeed been wonderful - full of joy, love, and hope. Lost in his hardships, he’d forgotten that he had a purpose; a reason, many reasons, to live. George Bailey was given a moment to wonder, to imagine, and he found his life was full. To wonder is often considered to be a childish thing. Wondering keeps our heads in the clouds, when we’re supposed to be grounded in reality. What if … however … wondering is essential to the Christian life? What if cultivating wonder, imagination, awe in one another at the ways of God keeps us more focused on the love we are to share during this season of gift giving? Advent is a season of tension. We’re here, waiting for Christmas, but not just any Christmas, the NEXT Christmas - when Jesus comes to us again. Have you ever wondered what that would be like? For him to come again as the story says? In the space between knowing and not knowing God’s plan is wonder. To wonder why, in a season where we focus on the miracle of Christmas, fills us with the anticipation of what’s to come. FUMC Burleson invites you this Advent Season, to Wonder Full: An Advent of Imagination.