Advent Devotional: Friday, December 7

Theme: Hurry Up and Wait

Written by Gayle Thornton, First Congregational Church of Fresno

Jeremiah 31:33b

. . . I will be their God and they will be my people. . .


Winston waited. I forgot. I forgot to go to meet my friend Winston for lunch. He tried to call my home phone, but after yoga instead of going to meet him I went to the grocery store and did a couple of other errands. I was distracted that morning with an HOA project that I would be dealing with later in the afternoon, and. . . I forgot. Winston waited.

Like Winston, God waits. God waits for us. As Meister Eckhart puts it, “God is at home. It is we who have gone out for a walk.” God waits. It is we who are distracted—running here and there, doing this and that—unaware of the presence of God—the God who seeks relationship with us and who declared, “. . . I will be their God and they will be my people. . .”

In the hustle and bustle of Christmas, we too often forget about the baby Jesus or trivialize him by putting him in the manger and forgetting him. We are unaware that the Christ Child is not in the manger but lives within each of us and can be seen in the faces of those we encounter.

May our days of Advent and beyond be sprinkled with moments of awareness of the presence of God who meets us whenever and wherever we are and who delivers into our hearts the Christ child so that we might see Christ in everyone. Amen!