Advent | Day 23

Monday, December 19

  • Psalms 61, 62, 112, 115
  • Zephaniah 3.14-20
  • Titus 1.1-16
  • Luke 1.1-25

We are officially one week out from Christmas day. By this time next week we will likely have begun the post-Christmas clean-up
process, started to firm up our New Year’s plans and begrudgingly begun to think about our imminent return to campus.

But before we get there, before we get to any of that, let us take this moment to be still before the Lord, to acknowledge His
presence, to be still . . . and know that He is God.

Yes, Christmas is almost here! We would be wise to focus ourselves on the nearness of Christ during this season.

It is not that God is any “less near” the rest of the year, but it is that our attention is focused elsewhere. We struggle to acknowledge
His presence, to see Christ in our midst—in the lives of those around us and in the ever-present work of God’s Spirit in our lives and in God’s world.

God is active all around us—and somehow during the Christmas season we are made more sensitive to this. It would seem that
we have a unique opportunity, as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus, to be reminded of how everyday is meant to be
experienced as a Christ-follower—overwhelmed (in a good way) by the presence of Jesus.

God is near. God reigns in heaven, yet resides in our hearts. Yes, God is near.

God invites us to live as if we believe this. To give up on worry. To get rid of stress. To reorder our priorities. To reconsider how we
treat others. To live as if we believe that God—coming to earth in the person of Jesus—means something . . . everything!

In a broken world that God is in the process of making right again, we are challenged to live differently. We are offered the chance to be changed. Transformed! We are called to live lives that testify to the greatness of the Great One that we celebrate—every year—on December 25th.

Yes, as we approach Christmas day and as God seems to allow everything to come briefly into proper focus for us, we are once
again blessed by the gift of Jesus and invited to be changed (again) forever.

Guy Chmieleski
University Minister

You can access an online version of the 2011 Advent Guide (presented annually be Belmont’s School of Religion) at: http://issuu.com/office.communications/docs/2011_advent_guide#download

 

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