Day 9. December 9, 2019
Nativity Companion: The Angel
Opening Prayer: God, may we listen for your voice in the many ways it comes and, in so doing, might we never miss the good news you come to bring us. AMEN.
Scripture: Luke 1:30-33 (NRSV).
30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Reflection (from Nan Bertelson).
How could I not love my job?! I mean, I stand in the presence of God. I see the face of God. God sends me to speak to people (like you!). I get to be the messenger of some really good news!
Take Zechariah, for instance. I was exhilarated to be the one to hand deliver the message humanity had waited SO long to hear. I was sent to the most holy city, Jerusalem; to the most holy place, the temple; to a most holy man. I could hardly contain myself! My message was finally breaking the silence of heaven.
But how does this holy priest respond to me? He is stunned by my sight. He is gripped with fear. He wants proof, a sign, some assurance other than my words. He is mistrusting. He is disbelieving. He has robbed me of the great joy I was privileged to deliver.
How about you? Are there tidings of great joy you are not listening to or receiving? Is there some fear that has taken hold of you? Are you missing delight in the songs of angels, like me?
Your “Hero of God,”
Questions for Consideration.
God, we long to hear from you, so on this day, meet us in the still of our hearts. Where there is fear, may your love enter in. Where there is pain, heal us. Where we cling to our own songs and do not hear yours, open us to hear the music of angels. Might we then not only hear, but live our lives in response to your good news. AMEN.