First Sunday of Advent

There is something in us all that desires closure.  Most of us want our stuff put away in the right place. We want to tie up loose ends in our lives.  We don't like living in uncertainty.  Instead, we like things tied up in packages with neat little bows.  When we purchase a new home we "close" on the house.  We don't leave our books open but instead close them using a bookmark.  In accounting, we "close the books".  Even the musically uneducated can tell if a song doesn’t end on the tonic.

The need for closure is the primordial motivation or desire to achieve finality and absoluteness in a decision, judgement or choice. Individuals with a need for closure will typically dislike, feel discordant and become irritable by ambiguity and uncertainty.
 
But we are still living in the Book of Acts.  The story of the Church is still incomplete and there is still work to be done while we wait for Jesus to declare this chapter complete.  Therefore a willingness to live without the closure, the fulfillment of the promises of Jesus and the perfection of His kingdom, is what Richard Rohr encourages us to do.  He reminds us to place our hope in the future and our trust in the One who has created us for good works, prepared for us before time.  As Jeannie Allen says, "Life is short and going fast, so let's get moving."
 
Soli Deo Gloria
Shera