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 For a child has been born for us,

      a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
     and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 6:9
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. – Psalm 139:6
I heard a comic recently joke about how we don’t ever wonder anymore. Why? Because we don’t have to – we have Google. Remember those days a question would pop into your head and you thought to yourself, “I don’t know if I’ll ever get an answer to that.” Then a week or month or several years go by and all of the sudden that question that has been in the back of your mind is answered. And remember the feelings of joy and excitement you felt when after all of that time you finally got a conclusion, an answer. We don’t have to go through that any more…we just look it up.  And feeling we had between wonder and conclusion we never experience any more. Wonder ends by the time you type a few words into a Google search.
To me, advent is a reminder to wonder and a reminder that perhaps there’s something good about not knowing something. When Isaiah foretold of the coming Messiah, these descriptions he used were not knowledge-based descriptions, they were wonder-based descriptions. At the time, Isaiah didn’t have all the answers to what the Messiah would be, but these words sure do bring out the joy and excitement that is felt as he wondered. Advent is a reminder to refrain from binging. It’s a reminder to dwell in the story of God where we are and not just jump to the end. Take time to wonder about how your relationship with Jesus can grow, how it can change parts of your life that need to be changed, and what a messiah means to you. Advent gives you and me permission to wonder!
Lord God, help me wonder this advent season so that I may experience the joy and excitement of the Messiah that is to come. Amen. 
The Rev. Jeremy C. Wilhelmi