Theme: Hurry Up and Wait
Written by Robin Carlson, Community United Church of Christ
And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth, and he shall be the one of peace.
Matthew refers to the prophets of the old testament five times in connection with Jesus’s birth and infancy. From Micah we hear, “And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.” As Israel waited, we too, as we do each Advent, must wait again for the birth of Jesus. Our theme this week, “Hurry Up and Wait” is something many of us do. We race our cars past the car in front of us only to find the light has changed to red and we have to wait.
But instead of hurrying through, we need to take this time and reflect on what this child means in our lives especially during this time of Advent. What did we learn from this child? How did he teach us to treat others and to love God? In our world today, there is much unrest and hate towards others. If we are to continue the work of this child, the prince of peace, we must live into his message of loving God with all of our hearts, mind and body, and love our neighbor as ourselves. If we take each moment to see where we can live out that message then we will have the opportunity to see Jesus in those around us, reliving the birth of Jesus and love of God over and over again.
Prayer: Creator God of abundant love, we thank you for the life of Jesus. We are grateful for the ability to be patient and to wait for the birth of Jesus. May we live out the ways of Jesus and be thankful for the gift of seeing Jesus in those we meet along the way. Amen.