Asante Todd Meditation
|SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2012|
Advent is a time of restoration, but the prophet reminds us that it is also a time of rebuke. Like the crowds in Luke 3, many today feel displaced and fragmented, and have turned to tradition to gain a sense of firm footing. As many of us know, however, our deification of popular culture can cause us to justify its preservation by any means necessary. Before the Messiah comes, certain crooked paths must be made straight. To avoid the fire, we must ensure that our liturgical and ethical content matches its form. In preparation for the Messiah, let us produce fruit in keeping with repentance, share power and possessions, not falsely accuse one another, be real about the shortcomings and successes of our faith, and treat one another according to the law of love and cooperation instead of competition. These gifts, inspired by the Spirit, are, perhaps, the greatest we can give this season.
This season we give thanks for your many blessings, and ask forgiveness for our faults. Even as we declare that paths be made straight in your name, remind us that the first paths to be cleared are in our hearts. Clear away the dead roots of bitterness, disappointment, and indifference, and plant in their place trees of refuge, vines of cooperation, and blooms of reconciliation, that the path to your Kingdom might be more easily followed. Amen.