IN THE SEASON of Advent, we practice waiting for Christ’s return. A few years ago, I decided to give something up for Advents so that I could watch and wait for Christ in deeper solidarity with those whose lives are characterized by poverty and suffering sacrifice. I gave up rich foods and desserts until the feast day of Christmas, hoping that my heart might be more open to the presence of Christ. It was a challenging sacrifice, one about which I received several inquiries, and one that gave me unexpected opportunities to wait actively for Christ.
When suffering, hardship, or disaster come, are we prepared to stand firm and place our hope in the God who has come in Jesus Christ? A South African colleague recently described the experiences of her forebears who lived during the beginning of apartheid. Families were forcibly removed in trucks from their communities and taken into exile to the so-called homelands. Singing arose on those trucks as loving parents comforted their children and offered songs of hope.
In dark times, gifts of memory and hope sustain us, bring strength to stand in the face of cruel injustice. …
O God, during this season give us eyes to see all around us signs of Christ’s love breaking into the world. Amen.
– Light of Lights
Devotion by Diane Luton Blum, from Light of Lights: Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide. Copyright © 2014 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Pray the prayer at the end of today’s meditation. Share your thoughts.
“Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:36, NRSV
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This week we remember: Nicholas (December 6).
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