DECEMBER 3, 2020 THURSDAY
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! - Psalm 24:14
Dear Church Family,
This past Sunday I asked — “What are you waiting for this Advent?” Of course, we await – in Advent – the second coming of our Lord. Waiting, is not a passive activity, but active. Think about times you have had to wait, and what goes on your mind, what you reach for to read or do to pass the time of waiting. It is hard to wait. Few people get excited about waiting for Christ’s second coming. It stirs up images of fear, disruption of what we know and are used to. We may not wait with joy – or strength or courage. Chances are we may not give Christ’s second coming a lot of thought. We wait — but not for the Lord.
One reason to wait — may be not the future, but the present. If we can wait – be still, focus on God’s love and grace – we experience both being held in the experience of divine love, and the desire and freedom to choose it. Focus on faith that God is there, even when you are not. Focus on trusting God’s love for you will never be more — or less, than it is right now. Sit quietly. Listen to the words you pray for experiencing the Lord’s love for you. Maybe that is a daily practice you could do this Advent.
I hope that Christmas — different this year, even though different this year, will yield for you God’s blessings – Christ born anew within you. I hope all of us can appreciate the traditions that bring joy, good memories, and the spirit of the Christ within, between, and among us. Maybe in this year’s “different” Advent, we can gain a depth and meaning that touches our hearts and spirits in ways we might miss, were this a “normal” time. One of the lessons of these days, from ancient times — is to realize how captive we are to the many things of this world. We may also hear new yearnings for God, for love, for joy, and for hope.
Last Advent some of us began a class to share our reflections on the stanzas of the Sarum Prayer – based on Ken Wilson’s book, God be in my Head. How might we wait for the Lord? Remember, no matter what, God’s love and promises never pass away. That’s what we await – reorienting our frantic lives in quiet waiting. I close with that prayer for you to pray today, and each day as you feel called by its words in these Advent days. Just take some time with it each morning, and before you go to bed at night. See what it does.Blessings, peace, and God be with you, Fr. Steve