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Advent Week 2

Image Credit: Advent Candle by Randomsoleil on Flickr

A week of the Advent season has gone by. If you're anything like me, you intended to take more time for prayer and contemplation but found yourself just as busy and thoughtless as usual. I wonder why it is so difficult sometimes to place our focus where it ought to go? Whatever your answer to that question may be, I invite you to take this present moment and let yourself meditate on the words that follow, leaning into a time to quiet your heart and mind...

“A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn't to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn't in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn't in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper” (1 Kings 19:10, The Message).

God was in a “gentle and quiet whisper.” God is not in forced beliefs or yelling into megaphones. God is not in propaganda and catchy slogans about the “true meaning of Christmas” that spread like wildfire but soon die out because they haven’t much depth. God is in the voice of a small child. God is in the singing of Silent Night and in the candlelight during worship. God is in the sunrise on Christmas morn. God is in a manger in a stable in Bethlehem.

Listen. Listen to the “gentle and quiet whisper” of the story of Jesus’ birth this Christmas. It’s there. It’s really there, in your heart, in the Scriptures, in God’s love for all.

Listen...Await...Advent is a time to await in expectant hope for the day that you can “dance in the song of your savior God,” as Mary did:

“I'm bursting with God-news; I'm dancing the song of my Savior God” (Luke 1:46, The Message).

The time leading up to Christmas needn’t be the marathon we make it out to be. Live into this Advent season by taking the time to listen to that gentle and quiet whisper, and don’t be afraid to dance in your Savior’s song not only on Christmas morning, but all the days of your life. Amen. 

 

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