The Rev. Susanna Brosseau Meditation

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Psalm: 50; Zechariah 4:1-14; Matthew 25:1-13

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 , 2013  

We've heard it a million times--Advent is a time for waiting, for preparation; we're getting ready to welcome the Light of the World. Christ is born for us, and we celebrate the innocence of the newborn Messiah. We sing "Silent Night," cherishing the image of this baby Jesus, haloed in the dim light of the stable. All is calm, all is bright.

Do we really know what we are waiting for? Asking for? Can we say that we are truly ready for Christ to make a real return to our lives? "Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth." What does it mean to look upon this perfection, upon a light that is so perfectly illuminating that sin cannot stand before it? God's love, while all-encompassing, is a demanding love. Once we know of it, we simply cannot go on as we have done before. "Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High."

In our church, we are asked to give thanks and to show praise not only with our lips, but in our lives. We must wait for the coming Kingdom, but we never have to wait to live out God's commandments of faithfulness to God and to creation. We never have to wait to show kindness and welcome to the stranger, to give what we can, and to love. If we do these things, we are always ready for the light. We never have to wait.

O God, who fills our hearts with your loving Word; help us to live into your will, so we are always ready for your return. Amen.

The Rev. Susanna Brosseau
Curate, Church of the Heavenly Rest, 

Abilene, Texas
2013, MDiv