First Sunday of Advent
Day 1. December 1, 2019
Nativity Companion: Mary
Opening Prayer. God of life, we wait for you with pregnant expectation. Come and heal us. AMEN.
Scripture. Luke 1:5-7 (NRSV)
In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years.
Young. Vulnerable. Afraid.
So often when you consider my story you don’t see me or know how terrified I truly was. Consider again — I was nothing more than a poor girl. I was pregnant and though engaged to Joseph, I didn’t know if he would expose me and leave me alone.
In this moment and this space, God showed up, reminding me that no matter what anyone else believed, I am loved by God, I am safe, and I am held.
Indeed, God is close to the shamed, the terrified, the vulnerable.
And God, come near, is the one who lifts us up.
Questions for Consideration:
Closing Prayer: God who is close to the brokenhearted, the vulnerable, the terrified, be close to us and, in so doing, may we be close to those who fear and long for your love that uplifts and saves us all. AMEN.