Second Sunday of Advent
Day 8. December 8, 2019
Nativity Companion: The Wiseman in the Rainbow Coat
Opening Prayer: God of hope, we seek you and follow you. Meet us face-to-face as we enter this week. AMEN.
Scripture: Luke 1:26-29 (NRSV).
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Reflection (from Madison Chau).
You don’t follow a night star through the desert for nothing.
You follow it because you’ve spotted hope in the distance, a star that promises a Messiah. You follow it to come face to face with a savior.
We held our gifts close to our chests as we walked. At times it felt as if we would never arrive. It turns out even wise people grow weary and restless when the end never seems to get much closer.
I will admit: there were times when I thought of giving up. During the day we rested and waited for the sun to set and the stars to appear, and while we waited, I thought of the people I loved whom I had left behind. I thought of the many miles we had behind us and the many more we had ahead. I thought of what it would do to my travel companions if I turned around and went home, left my gift with them while they slept.
Yet every fiber of my being hoped that something greater than us lay ahead. That hope reawakened every time I looked up at the night sky and saw the star guiding us, reminding us of a light far beyond this world–a light with which we hoped to come face to face.
I put one foot in front of the other, over and over and over and over.
Sometimes that’s all you can do:
put one foot in front of the other
Questions for Consideration.
Closing Prayer. God of wonder, God of night, lead us to your perfect light. Give us courage and commitment so that by your Spirit we might continue forward one moment at a time, one breath at a time…as we seek to come face-to-face with you. AMEN.