Rt. Rev. Claude E. Payne Meditation

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Psalm 18:1-20; Amos 4:6-13; Matthew 21:33-46


Advent is a wonderful season of hope and anticipation.  It looks forward eagerly for good things to come.  It is the Old Testament part of the Church Year because it is always anticipating God’s providence and guidance, culminating in the coming of our Lord.

We also anticipate and hope for significance.  We want our lives on earth to count as we contribute something of value for the common good.

As a boy Advent was a long season, the days passing slowly as I eagerly awaited opening presents on Christmas.  Now in later years the season is short as the days pass quickly.  But the same thrust is there:  hope and anticipation, and for the Christian, miraculous expectation.

Lord Jesus Christ, continue to come as spiritual, transformative power and direction, that in our efforts to bring significance to our lives, we may simultaneously build up your kingdom. Amen.

The Rt. Rev. Claude E. Payne, DD
VII Bishop of Texas, Pensioned
Co-Chair, Campaign for Leadership
DD 2013