Saturday, December 6, 2014

First Saturday of Advent

“This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Amidst the noise and distractions of the holiday season, it is easy to focus on how we are falling short. As the first week of Advent draws to a close, I found myself anxious about how much there is to do before Christmas. With three Sundays left before Christmas, I am already behind. I know people who have 90% of their Christmas shopping done by Halloween, whereas I have checked only one Christmas gift off the list so far.

I imagine other people who have a daily regimen of readings. Those people are probably more prepared than I am to receive Emmanuel, God with us. My Advent reflection books are safely stored on my shelf (or even still in the bag from the bookstore). Yet, in so many ways God is already very near to me.

Today's readings offer the reassurance that God provides for our every need. He quenches thirst, feeds hunger, and makes space for growth. God cares for these daily needs and with each step along the way, God reveals to us that we are continuing to walk with Him.

Right now, my prayer may be less perfect, but it is more honest. It may be more sporadic, but it is also less forced.

Lord, keep revealing yourself to me each step along the way.
How might you be inviting me to savor and relish this first week of Advent, rather than racing all the way to Christmas Day? 

Reflected by Jen Coito

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