You might have heard that our congregation’s life together took an unexpected turn when Lakeridge Lutheran was asked if we would host Tent City 3. TC3 for months had been trying without success to secure a site for the winter months. We received the request on a Tuesday. After a flurry of meetings that same day, on Wednesday our council voted to welcome the “campers.” On Saturday TC3 residents began setting up camp and they’ve been with us now for a week and a half.
It’s late in the season of Advent. The word means “arrival”—planning and preparation for the arrival of God among human beings, in human form. God’s arrival just got a bit more real for the people and neighbors of Lakeridge Lutheran. This year, we don’t have the luxury of treating “no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7) as a sentimental add-on to a children’s story. Rather, the Advent/Christmas story has arrived in the flesh with power no Christmas pageant or “live” nativity scene can match.
Unexpectedly, “Advent” has become “Adventure.” Who knows what God is up to among us?