Second Sunday of Advent
Prepare . . . prepare the way . . .
prepare the way of the Lord!
This is my annual Advent challenge. I actually do a lot of preparing. I have a church list, a gift list, a grocery list, a card list, an invitation list, and an RSVP list. In all my lists however, I’m not sure I actually do much preparing for the way of the Lord.
Week 2 of the Advent Conspiracy offers a guide for my pre-paring: “Spend Less.” The conspiracy is focused primarily on spending less money, avoiding the January credit-card debt, re-thinking our gift giving. I’m wondering, however, how much of myself I “spend” on what is nonessential in these Advent and Christmas holy days!
I have little of myself left for welcoming the Savior. I have little of myself left for the lists that today’s readings offer: righteousness, justice, defending the cause of the poor, giving deliverance to the needy, and living in harmony with one another. This list far more resembles the way of the Lord Jesus than do our usual Advent preparations.
Here is an Advent Spiritual Practice: light two candles, the candles of hope and peace. Spend some of yourself in silence each day with this wondrous God of ours, breathing in God’s love and grace. As you enter your time of silence, pray an adaptation of Paul’s blessing to the church at Rome: May the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace in trusting, so that I may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Maggie Wellert, retired pastor, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Moravian Church