Michael Botts of Hannover, Germany
The way of the righteous is level; O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous. In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and your renown are the soul’s desire. My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. O Lord, you will ordain peace for us, for indeed, all that we have done, you have done for us. -Isaiah 26:7-9,12
In Germany where I live, we say “Froher Advent,” (Happy Advent) at this time of the year, and the Advent season is very prominent here. Lighting the Advent candles, Advent calendars where a door is opened every day from December 1-24, and all the other Advent preparations say, “Christ is coming! Prepare for the birth of Jesus, who will change the world! A time of expectation and joy and happiness!”
The coming of Jesus signals a change. Jesus will change our lives and the way we understand God. Change can bring joy and happiness!
However, we sometimes tend to be more wary and careful when changes are coming. How often do we dig trenches, close the windows, and lock the doors when we hear a change (or metamorphosis) is coming?
Thankfully, the Advent season is not like that! Lights are glowing, music surrounds us, and almost everyone is happy. We are waiting for the birth of Jesus! We are waiting for the world to change in a very positive way!
Maybe we could take some of this Advent joy, some of this change-is-coming happiness with us when we look to the future and metamorphosis in the church. If we look at the future as we look at Advent, we will have a much more positive attitude toward change and becoming a butterfly. God does not call us to dig trenches, lock doors, or hide. Our call is to open our hearts and souls to God’s love.
Maybe we can use this Advent season of 2020 as a time to launch us into the next time of changes. Let us join together in celebrating the new and being open to the love and joy and hope and peace that lies in the future!
So “Froher Advent”! May we trust in what is being born. God with us.
“Trust what is being born.”
Jesus, the Peaceful One
We have spent this year with a guiding question: Are we moving closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One? As we near the end of this calendar year, we review how this question has been shaping and forming us. In our thoughts, words, and actions, have we been embodying Jesus, the Peaceful One? What might it look like to move closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One as we make space in our lives for Christ incarnate this Advent season?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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