You are invited into a time of spiritual reflection and prayer in this Advent season—a season of waiting and listening, a season of expectation and hope.
O Lord, let me not conform to the ways of this world, but transform me by your Holy Spirit; renew me mind and heart that I may discern and do Your Will—what is good and acceptable and perfect. AMEN.
December 22. The Unchanging Remix
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you begin
“In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing; like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never end.” Hebrews 1:10-12
REFLECTION from Carter Sample
In the Hebrews’ passage above the author quotes a section of Psalm 102. Whoever the author of Hebrews was, s/he’s picking some of the greatest hits from oldies list and remixing them in the opening of the letter. Many musicians these days mix in parts of old songs with the new; as if to remind the listener that there is still more to create, but to not forget our roots. So who can blame the author when it comes to mixing in some throwback references? What better way to remind the readers of a God who is unchanging than to evoke a sense of nostalgia to those familiar with the Old Testament story?
Perhaps this intersection of an unchanging God who meets us in a new way is where we find ourselves as followers today. The Christ that was birthed on that night in the manger, was also there at the birth of our universe, and is the same Christ that is alive today. It is true that God is the same, but the Christmas story also reminds us that God continues to work and move through history in new ways.
Again this year we celebrate of the birth God made flesh, a nostalgic and unchanging truth of our faith – a God who is the same forever. Yet, we also celebrate that God’s work is not done in our lives or in our world. God’s unchanging nature continues to be remixed with our changing lives and world. This Christmas, may we find safety in the stable foundations of God and may we find courage to dream anew as we follow what God calls us into.
PRAYER: God, may your unchanging presence be born yet again this year in our midst, so that we might continue to be changed. AMEN.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.