Nina Warriner of Bath, NY, USA
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are…a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. -Galatians 4:4-7
I consider myself moderately computer literate. I am pretty comfortable with what I know but seldom purposely go looking for new applications. I don’t like to run updates and typically put them off until my computer forces them, mainly because things end up looking or functioning differently. I begrudgingly have to adapt to the changes or spend a lot of time trying to get my computer “back to the way it was.” There are times I struggle with my computer and ask myself, “What if there is no going back?” A better question would probably be, “What if going back ultimately means not moving forward?”
In the early months of church closure and reunion cancelation, I definitely felt a sense of loss. I desired to gather in sacred community. Yet as I reflect, I realize that sacred community has still existed; it has just “looked different.”
I have had the opportunity to worship with brothers and sisters from different states, time zones, and even different countries without needing to travel anywhere. I have been blessed to listen to stories of love, pain, hope, injustice, courage, and faith. I have been enriched with a diversity of connections and people sharing from their personal passions. I have had the opportunity to draw my circle wide and create new, authentic, meaningful relationships.
Instead of desiring to “go back” to the “default setting,” I’m asking myself, what about these experiences should be considered an update or maybe even an upgrade? Our spiritual journey is one in which we are continually challenged to reflect on our inward selves-our hardware and inner programming-so our outward selves-the applications of our lives, our functionality-are current, relevant, and the best upgrades we have to offer.
We need to save the good “settings” and “updates” so we don’t find ourselves simply relying on our “default” mode, especially if “going back” doesn’t move us forward!
Where is the Spirit trying to “run new updates” in me?
“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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