Rev. William E. Andrews, III

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Luke 21:25-36


“See that you are not alarmed” Jesus instructs us.  Even when we hear of wars and rumors of wars, we are coached to not be afraid.  And, this gives us a teachable moment as we live deeper into this shadowy Advent season.  What is evoking the false energy in us?  What does have us most alarmed?  May we be uncovered and feel small with that which is most troublesome?  This is the place we can start again by holding our distress up to the divine light.  This is a way to ready ourselves for revelation.   Everything is waiting for us, especially the Spirit in which we always abide.  The great teaching is that there is no need to be afraid. 

This time of year is when we are called to think of the world in a way that is good to us and healthy.   We have been schooled about the “beginning of the birth pangs.”  The Christ baby of transformation and renewal is entering the world in a new way.

So, let us not let our love grow cold in this chilly season.  Maybe we can write an old friend this day or take up a new cause for peace.  Take up prayerful silence or give a warm drink to someone in need.  Endure to the end, my holy friends, and be saved. 

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility.  Amen.  
The Very Rev. William E. Andrews, III
Dean, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral,
Memphis, TN MDiv 1996