Posted by: Ingrid | December 3, 2007

December 2, 2007

Last night I sat in church during Lessons and Carols watching candle light flicker against the stone walls and listening as voices rang out in expectant joy. I was struck by the angels’ admonition to the shepherds, “go, even unto Bethlehem…” Jesus “came to visit us in great humility” as the prayer for the first week of Advent reminds us. His coming then prompted the angelic invitation that allowed the shepherds to come and be a part, provided they listened and obeyed. There seems to be a sort of partnership in this season, where we cultivate the anticipation and expectation of Christmas. We cry “O come, Emmanuel!” and wait for his birth but we also actively enter in. Each year may look different but the message to go to the stable and enter into the heart of this holy and unheard of visitation is still fresh. His coming beckons us closer to the manger, calling us further in. To listen with a stilled heart, wait with open hands, expect without limitations, and fully enter in during the Advent season.

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