St. John of the Cross, who has a Feast Day this Friday on December 14th, said that the language of God is the experience God writes into our lives. St. John of the Cross was a mystic, so he had his share of visions and extraordinary encounters with God. He is not discounting these transcendent moments, but let’s face it…not many of us have mystical visions! St. John of the Cross says that God comes to us in the ordinary stuff of our lives. God loves us so much that God wants to be in the details…driving to basketball practice, doing the dishes, folding the laundry. If we pay attention, we can see how God writes into our lives.
Maybe that’s how Advent can speak to us this year. Let God become real for us. Jesus was born and became God enfleshed. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be…And the Word became flesh…” (John 1:1-18). Jesus wasn’t simply born in history…He is born in us every day! Emmanuel means ‘God-is-with-us’. How will God be with you today?
Don’t worry if your life is a mess, you still have to write Christmas cards, you haven’t gotten your tree yet, or you haven’t even started the shopping. It will happen. Don’t worry if you haven’t made Advent this time of peaceful waiting like we’re encouraged to do. Take God with you in all you have to do. God writes in the life you are living now, even in the folded laundry. Rejoice in that!