by Cynthia Ruchti
Eventually. Inadvertently. Accidentally. Exceptionally. Conceivably. Adventually.
All adverbs. All have their place, although in limited doses. All…except the one that doesn’t belong with the others.
Adventually isn’t a real word. Is it?
The Urban Dictionary–not recommended for most endeavors–claims adventually is a combination of eventually and adventure. “You’ll eventually get to that adventure.”
Other web-based sources list erroneous public uses of the word adventually when the speaker or writer intended to say eventually.
The word adventual, referring to the season of advent, appears in dictionaries from the 1800s and very early 1900s. A more current work–Adventually–Waiting for the Messiah–by Loretta Ross-Gotta, published in 1994, was a sixteen page spiral bound book, a play on words linking advent and event…ually, which coincidentally eventually went out of print.
I’m nearing an important deadline at the end of December this year, a book that has nothing to do with Christmas. But I’m endeavoring to write it adventually, with a clear purpose that doesn’t stray from the concept that advent was eventually fulfilled in the coming of the Messiah.
It influences everything about this novel. Not the trappings–seasons, snow, decorations, holiday activities. It influences why the character can cling to hope. Why her relationships are not doomed forever. Why the crises that try her soul have resolutions waiting in the wings.
Because of advent. Because after long years of waiting, so long they traced back to Adam and Eve, Jesus was born. The Savior slipped into our world and changed everything.
Before he witnessed the fulfillment with his eyes, the prophet Zechariah spoke as if it were already a done deal. He knew Christ would come…adventually.
Luke 1:67-75, 78-79 CEB