In a cold and fallow season of waiting, watching and wondering, it is not surprising to find ourselves reflecting on the past and looking toward the future, taking stock and hoping for something better to come. Advent is the season of promise par excellence. We willingly wait. We anticipate the birth of Jesus and all that symbolizes for us, and we do so in the light of promises extending back to the Hebrew Scriptures and beyond.
CEL_Nov292015.jpgThe Hebrew Testament is a reservoir for the promises of God -- from the very beginning, when all things created were called "very good" (Genesis 1:31), to the promise of the continuation of the earth after the flood (Genesis 8:22), to the promise of a future to Abram and the rest of the patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel, right down to the promise that the struggling exilic remnant of the nation would still be "a light to the nations" (Isaiah 49:6). From beginning to end, the Hebrew Scriptures make promises for all creation.