Advent | Day 26
Thursday, December 22
- Psalms 80, 146, 147
- 2 Samuel 7.18-29
- Galatians 3.1-14
- Luke 1.57-66
The God-child arrives on Sunday, but the day is Thursday. Maundy can wait for its time. O come, O come, Emmanuel. Break into our world with such humble power as you did those many years ago. Come do what we cannot do.
In this Advent season, past regret often taints the joy. We are better at buying presents in honor of Christmas than allowing Christ into our lives. This advent season, I implore you to cultivate a sense of humility and honesty with Christ. Feeding the homeless and clothing the poor are definite goods of the human condition, but take time to feed your soul and clothe your heart in the robes of Christ. By doing so, feeding and clothing the downtrodden will not be an annual tradition but a daily existence. Alas, it takes more time to pray and listen than spooning mashed potatoes onto a festive plate.
The Psalmists know, “The LORD lifts up the downtrodden.” Every man, woman, and child can resonate the feelings of the downtrodden. Be honest before yourself and your God with faith that the Lord accepts you and loves you and wants to lift up God’s beloved.
Stop trying. Just stop. Stop insisting that everyone love you. Stop spending so much money to garner those momentary “thank-yous” that feebly stitch emotional wounds. Stop frantically striving to become. Just be. Just be in front of the Christ child as the fullness of God sleeps in a filthy manger. Just be as the light of the world is enveloped in darkness. Just be as the faintest light comes from a sleepy town in Israel.
You cannot save the world. Acknowledge and trust the one who can. You cannot heal the world, but be ever present for the one who came as a helpless babe for that one can.
On this Thursday, I invite you to do something that may hurt or that may not be productive as the whirlwind of festivities that beckon your attention. I invite you to just be. Be yourself truthfully in front of a loving and gracious God who once laid a head in a manger before being nailed to a tree to ascend into heaven.
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, lift up your beloveds in whatever emotional, physical, and spiritual state they may be. Let your love be acknowledged as deep as it truly is.
Jacob E. Drake
Senior, Religious Studies Major
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