Monday, December 14, 2009

don't wait

i started off this advent by encouraging you to find your elizabeth and to keep your eyes open.  i don't know how that's been going for you, but if you're anything like me, you've had good days and bad days.  but one thing i know for sure in the midst of the building busyness is that we cannot wait for things to be "perfect" before we expect to find God this season.  we cannot hope to finish all the cards and the shopping and the the wrapping and the baking before we can meet God.  Christ's coming to us is not restricted to candle-lit sanctuarys.  God comes to us in every moment along the ways, in the chaos of Christmas as much as in the silent nights.  so keep looking.  don't give up.  follow through on your advent discipline.  keep your eyes open for the divine breaking through these days.  peace to you. 

First Coming

by Madeleine L’Engle

He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine. He did not wait

till hearts were pure. In joy he came
to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.

He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

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