Advent Meditation: Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Psalm 125  •  2 Kings 2:9-22  •  Acts 3:17-4:4

Elijah and the fiery chariot is the inspiration for the African American Spiritual, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Mr. Wallace Willis, an enslaved African living in the mid 1800s, receives credit for composing the Spiritual. Willis, living on the banks of the Ohio River in Hugo, OK, could see a stop on the Underground Railroad to freedom across the river in Ripley, OH. His freedom was so close he could see it and yet so far away because of the difficulty getting there. For Willis, the Ohio was the Jordan River, the Underground Railroad to freedom a fiery chariot, swinging low to carry him home.

Advent is God’s invitation to look, gaze, and wait. God chose to leave the heavenly home and dwell with humanity. Can we gaze to see Jesus in the manger and ourselves in God’s altar? How do we look through the current reality of pandemic, civil unrest, and the earth groaning and see a new possibility? One Spiritual stanza resounds, “Sometimes I’m up, and sometimes I’m down, but still my soul feels heavenly bound. (Coming for to carry me home).” That is the Advent tension: hopefully and expectantly waiting in a chaotic reality. Advent is a reminder that Jesus decided to make us his home. Will we decide to make Jesus our home?

O God, we wait and watch for you: help us recognize the visible
signs of your coming; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

The Rev. Jemonde Taylor
Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church

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