Advent 2014 // The Lord Whom You Seek // Malachi 3:1-3

For outlandish creatures like us, on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning - not home but the place through which we must pass if ever we are to reach home at last.
— Frederick Buechner

Malice and violence abound. And the people of God long for justice. Yet the very justice we seek would land on our heads with more vengeance than we could bear. In the end, we need something kinder than justice. And he will come like a refiner's fire. Who can stand on the day of his coming?