I hope that you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Mine was, but not in the
way I had planned. A couple of days before, I took a step, my foot rolled
over and I heard a crack. After x-rays, the long and short of it is that a
ligament tore away a piece of bone in my foot. So, for at least the next
month you will see me in a boot, with crutches. Thankfully, my daughter
and her family had already planned to come for Thanksgiving and she
expected to cook. It was a wonderful gathering with great food.
It always seems more stressful when something happens to us around the
holidays. How do we manage? Do we just soldier on and try to do
everything on our own? Can we refrain from saying “yes” to every
activity society would demand of us? Let us take advantage of the
message of Advent to slow down and resist the siren song of our society
of consumerism. Take time for self-care, especially if you’re feeling
under the weather. Ask for help when you need it.
Just as we experience greater darkness outside at this time of year, the
inner sadness and darkness can overwhelm us. Advent is a time of
waiting for the in-breaking and action of the kingdom of God. We
remember God becoming one of us as our Redeemer in Christ.
Secondly, we look to Christ’s return as the glorious reigning king. As we
hear the witness of scripture, “Surely I am coming soon;” we cry out,
“Amen. ‘Come, Lord Jesus!’” (Rev. 22:20).
In the midst of the darkness, I am reminded of hymn #715 in the ELW,
“Christ, Be Our Light.” There is such a sense of longing expressed in its
verses, with the final verse declaring the hope and fulfillment of that
longing: “Let us be servants to one another, signs of your kingdom
come.” Here is a link to the song on YouTube:
In this season of Advent, let us be nurtured with the mindfulness of
God’s presence as we go through our daily tasks. Look for God in
unexpected places as He lights your way. Soon it will be Christmas, but
do not rush into it.
From all of us at St. Timothy, may you have a merry Christmas as we
celebrate God entering our world.