Advent Meditation: December 2, 2020

Psalm 79  •  Micah 5:1-5a  •  Luke 21:34-38

For many of us, this Advent will be difficult, as our world continues to recover from so many ills, including an illness that lays waste, “O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.”

But God calls us to hope, reminding us how little we expect great things to come from small things, “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel.” We look for the coming of Jesus, “And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. . . . And he shall be their peace.”

What then are we to do? Jesus bids us, “watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” And so we pray as our Lord directs us.

O God whose Son is our peace, give us peace, that we may watch for the coming of your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Rev. Nathan Jennings
J. Milton Richardson Associate Professor of Liturgics and Anglican Studies and Director of Community Worship
Seminary of the Southwest

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