(If you are just joining us, please refer to the blog post for the first week of Advent for background on this post.)
For the first week of Advent we took time to be still and affirm God’s presence in our midst. During the second, we were still long enough to go even further, recognizing that God is the GREAT I AM and, as such, that we can afford to be still. The world’s existence depends upon God’s being, rather than ours.
This past week – the third week of Advent – we were still enough to know. This was critical as we tried to recover from the tragedy in Connecticut. I hope that in your stillness you were able to know God’s comfort; to know God’s healing grace; to know God’s words of peace.
It has been a gift this Advent to be still. Our stillness has done more for us than any amount of motion would have.
For this fourth, very short, week of Advent, then, let us just be still. Let’s be still and listen for the sounds of weary travelers as they search for a place to rest in Bethlehem. Let’s be still and watch the shepherds as they lead their flocks to pasture. Let’s be still and feel the darkness that has weighed down the world, but soon will lift. Let’s be still and recognize the signs that God is acting in the world. Let’s be still . . .
Cross: In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
With Each Bead: ”Be still.” (Psalm 46:10, NIV)
Cross: In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.