Continue the Preparation
By Lu Mountenay of Independence, MO, USA
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. —Romans 15:13 NRSV
As we approach the second Sunday of Advent, we also prepare to celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. How will Communion during Advent be different from other Communion worships?
Throughout the year we prepare ourselves for the Lord’s Supper with repentant hearts and through acceptance of God’s grace. We try to reconcile any differences and conflicts in our souls. We forgive ourselves and others, as Christ forgives us.
During the Advent season, how can we consider Christ’s earthly death on our behalf, as symbolized by the bread and wine, and at the same time think of him as a tiny, newborn life?
Cross and cradle, death and life, grief and gift, authority and innocence, loneliness and love. Dark night of the soul and light of the manger star, tears and living water—what is our bridge between these images?
Kneel, if you’re able, toward the stable
heal, if you’re able, at the table
See the quiver of the infant’s lip
tiny fingers as they grip
new eyes, so wise
see past my face
see my need for grace
they reach into my heart
with healing art
my communion at the table
takes me back to the stable.
Who can separate the two?
Advent Prayer Phrase:
Anticipation deepens within.
Invitation to Spiritual Practice
Spend a few moments dwelling in God’s presence. Pay attention to where your heart feels drawn into prayer. What words, images, or themes in this story lead you to reflect on your own faith journey? What is God’s invitation to you this day?